Enter the World of Tomorrow: To Futurama ... and Beyond

Smoking Robots! Electric Kitchens! The Magic of … Asbestos? From practical to gimmicky to occasionally misguided, the Fair’s displays of innovation covered all aspects of American life. The Time Capsule preserved 1939 for the scientists of the future. GM’s spectacular Futurama showed how the automobile would catapult the nation into the not-so-distant future. And the television broadcast of the Fair’s opening ceremonies, on April 30,1939, heralded the introduction of TV to a mass American audience. The Fair Corporation and the hundreds of private enterprises that held exhibits were not only promoting a host of new, consumer-oriented products — they were promoting the idea that science and technology could lead America triumphantly into a better tomorrow.