chapter  2
12 Pages

A Torch of Hope

In the spring of 1940, the New York World’s Fair opened for a second season. The Fair’s theme was “Building the World of Tomorrow,” and this particular world of the future was a consumer’s paradise. The TV sets and other new products on display gave a tantalizing view to fair-goers of what a post-Depression America might offer. The most popular exhibit at the Fair was General Motors’ Futurama, a miniature display of the United States as it might appear in 1960. Fairgoers waited hours in line for a fifteen-minute ride through Futurama, to overlook its half million tiny buildings, roads, and cars.