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Trylon and Perisphere: 1939 New York World's Fair Paperback – July, 1989

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This oversize souvenir album, by the collaborators of New York Observed , published to coincide with exhibits at New York City's Jack Gallery and six other NYC institutions, evokes in many photographs and few words the novelties unveiled at the 1939 World's Fair, whose landscape was dominated by the symbolic Trylon and Perisphere, bold structures representing "the global aspirations of democracy and of commercial and industrial enterprise" on the eve of World War II. Heroic as the original Trylon and Perisphere may have been, they spawned a mountain of kitsch--from bookends to salt and pepper shakers--itself a testimonial to American business initiative, and amply displayed here. Yet the coauthors also retrieve artifacts of singular elegance, such as lighting fixtures that uncoil with spare, muscular dignity, and monumental posters. Though H. G. Wells urged, "The visitor who wants to get the most out of this World's Fair will do best to regard it not as a show of things," the fair obviously celebrated "things" with an exuberance that, for one attendee, "extended my knowledge of the world and its inhabitants . . . as no elementary school classroom. . . could." McGraw-Hill Book Clubs alternate.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N Abrams; 1st edition (July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810924153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810924154
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,087,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful, large & colorful volume full of interesting and often unusual photos. There are pictures and text of everything about the fair from the greatest, most popular exhibits and events to the smallest details. Included are color photos of posters, collectibles, toys, souvenirs, postcards & etc. Trylon & Perisphere is an authoritative and definitive book recommended for anyone with an interest in the subject matter of the 1939/40 world's fair. If you can find a copy, let me know; I would love to own it myself! Thank you for this great work.
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This beautiful book met nearly every expectation and desire I had for it when I first heard of it and requested it. I was looking for authoritative and definitive text and photos of this wondrous event, the 1939 New York World's Fair, and this great, big colorful book has it all. There are many unusual views of the various exhibits, buildings, details and paraphernalia (collectibles) from the fair. It is an absolutely fascinating reference for anyone interested in this slice of cultural history. Thank you for it!
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If you are searching for a perfect book about 1939 NYWF look no further. The design is outstanding, even if the book is more than 20 years old. The format is huge and it is printed in gloss heavy stock pages. It presents rare photos, most of them in bright colour. The pages featuring an assemblage of related memorabilia are stunning. Buy it if you can. You certainly won't regret it!
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