I’ve Been Holding Out on You. (The World’s Fair, 1939)

Yes, October, 1939.  I have been holding out on you.  Kinda, but not really.  Yea, not really.  I began as super excited.  I had seen, not really peeked, a picture here, a word there…

Babu went to the World’s Fair!

So exciting.  I wanted to read all about it.  What did she think of the new technology of entering a room with air conditioning?  Did she try amazing food or watch a dance from a culture she had never seen dance before?

Welp.  As I should have expected, there was very little detail.  She told more about the train ride there than she did about the actual fair.

Sunday, October 15th, 1939
We girls had so much fun on the train to NY. Everyone heard us. Ernie, Willy, and I stayed together at the fair all the time. There was so much to see, but we stayed in one section most of the time. Took a little bus to the amusement area. Ate our supper at the fair and got back just in time for the 9:40 train. It was so slow that we didn’t make it back to Spfld. till 10 of 2 – and Jakey was there waiting.

Which section did you stay in?  What did you see?  No details at all?  Come on!  At least we have these:

oct 15 2

Disclaimer, I debated including this video.  As a historical artifact it is as full of information as it is telling.  I apologize for the segregated and body shaming world not so subtly shown in this video.


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