Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Friday, April 16, 2010

1939 World's Fair - General Motors Exhibit Building

This is the brochure from the General Motors exhibit at the World's Fair.  It is full of hope for the future, specifically focusing on 20 years into the future--1960.

Here is the map of the GM Exhibit Building.

And here is the short film shown at this exhibit.  It is about 23 minutes, but I would advise to fast forward to about the 7:53 mark.  The music is soap opera like and the narrator is over dramatic, but I found it a fascinating look into how GM thought the world would be like in 1960.  One direction, 7 lane highways with separate lanes for 50, 75, and 100 mph!  Elevated turn off exits and elevated sidewalks!  Wonder what happened to all that?

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