The day was bright and sunny, much like the future the 1939 World’s Fair was promising.
The 35,000 guests who watched President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s opening day speech at the Court of Peace in Flushing Meadows on April 30, 1939, were dressed in overcoats.
In a familiarly sonorous voice, FDR insisted America had “hitched her wagon to a star of goodwill,” then seemed to make passing note of a gathering storm overseas by concluding, “The United States stands today … united in its desire to encourage peace and goodwill among all the nations of the world.”
Radio networks carried the address, but some fairgoers could watch at the nearby RCA and Westinghouse pavilions, where televisions had been set up for display…[more]
Above: Television broadcast image of President Franklin Roosevelt at the opening ceremonies on April 30, 1939 at the New York World’s Fair.