1939 New York World’s Fair- Westinghouse Electric Building

Part of the above postcard may look familiar to you because it is my header on my blog. It is the Westinghouse Electric Building Exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The company was founded in 1886 by George Westinghouse, a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War.

“Exhibiting the latest developments in electrical and mechanical science, this building provides the visitor with a behind-the-scenes view of the many activities of the Westinghouse Company. The 150 foot illuminated tower marks the location of the time capsule containing pertinent data on present day civilization. ARCHITECTS- Skidmore and Owings.”

In the year 1938 on the timeline on their website, it shows a picture of the time capsule at the fair. A Westinghouse time capsule was buried on the grounds of the fair and “consigned” to the people of the year 6939. Westinghouse also buried a second time capsule at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The capsules contain everyday items and are still buried today.

Here is more of an aerial shot of the building-

“The building is 25,200 square feet and its two great wings are 55 feet high. The great fountain in the center court, 120 feet high, plays a “synchronous symphony of color, sound and water.””

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2 Responses to 1939 New York World’s Fair- Westinghouse Electric Building

  1. Louise Wile says:

    like the timeline. 6939? That is rather optimistic. I went to the 1964 World’s Fair but did not see the time capsule …..

  2. moore5145 says:

    I like the idea of a time capsule, it’s fun. I agree 5,000 years is optimistic!

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