[1939–1940 New York World’s Fair Flag].
Displaying the fair’s iconic Modernist symbols, the Trylon and Perisphere
An early prototype? Large flag —almost four feet by six feet in dimensions— from the 1939–1940 New York Wold’s Fair, displaying the fair’s iconic modernist symbols, the Trylon and Perisphere.
This flag seems unusual; it does not bear a date, either 1939 or 1940, centered above the words “New York World’s Fair.” There are also silk ties along the hoist end instead of the more typical brass grommets.
The present example may be an early prototype for the New York World’s fair. Dated examples of the New York World’s Fair official flags, one for each year, can be located, but we find none without a date, and certainly not of this size. Given its large dimensions, this colorful flag was not a souvenir flag; like those manufactured in greatly reduced dimensions and sold to fairgoers.
Description: [1939–1940 New York World’s Fair Flag].
[New York, 1939–1940]. Silk flag.¹ Approx. 46 x 69 inches. Printed in orange and blue; with four silk ties along the hoist end. Some blue dye offsetting at bottom; near fine.
1. The flag may possibly not be silk, but nylon, just introduced in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. The ties are silk. Ref. NYPL Digital Gallery accessed online.