Promotional posters for the 1939 Worlds Fair that was held in New York City. Various graphic designers. All of these taken from a Swann Auctions Catalog for an auction that is happening today.

The Scenic Route to New York’s World Fair / New York Central System. An assemblage of scenic, captioned snapshots that travelers might see on a trip to New York City to visit the World’s Fair, with the iconic Trylon and Perisphere prominently in the foreground. Many of the little views roughly correspond with pre-existing New York Central Line posters, while the other images were actually used on brochures published by the railroad. 1939. American. Published in Boston by Forbes. Lithographed poster, backed with Chartex. Leslie Ragan, illustrator (1897-1972). Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LESLIE-RAGAN–1897-1972–The-Scenic-Route-to-New-Yorks-World?saleno=2593&lotNo=158&refNo=789382
Watercolor painting of a poster design for the New York World’s Fair showing a picturesque detailed view of the Trylon and Perisphere, flanked by vignettes of Lower Manhattan in 1789 and 1939 with the Trylon’s sharp point breaking through the top. 1939. Original watercolor painting on Whatman’s Water Color Board. Leslie Ragan, graphic designer (1897-1972). Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/LESLIE-RAGAN–1897-1972–New-York-Worlds-Fair?saleno=2593&lotNo=159&refNo=661825





New York World’s Fair. 1939. Color lithograph poster. John Atherton, graphic designer. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/JOHN-ATHERTON–1900-1952–New-York-Worlds-Fair?saleno=2593&lotNo=161&refNo=791251
Poster for the New York World’s Fair that features “a visual epitomization” of the Trylon and Perisphere rising over a trail, ship, and a silhouette of New York City. Made in 1938, this design was awarded first prize in the poster competition for the fair. Art Deco/Modernist. Color lithograph poster. Joseph Binder, graphic designer (1898-1972). Published by the Grinnell Lithograph Company, New York. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/JOSEPH-BINDER–1898-1972–New-York-Worlds-Fair?saleno=2593&lotNo=162&refNo=791253
New York World’s Fair. 1939. Color lithograph poster. Albert Staehle, graphic designer (1899-1974). Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/ALBERT-STAEHLE–1899-1974–New-York-Worlds-Fair?saleno=2593&lotNo=165&refNo=791252


New York World’s Fair / United Air Lines. Poster calendar with 12 calendar sheets attached to the bottom. The artwork depicts a United Airlines Douglas DC-3 ‘Mainliner” making its way across a truncated map of the United States, flying from the Golden Gate Bridge and the towers of Treasure Island at the San Francisco World’s Fair to the New York World’s Fair Trylon and Perisphere on the opposite side of the country. Also issued as a regular poster. 1939. Art Deco. Arthur C. Radebaugh, graphic designer (1906-1974). Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/ARTHUR-C-RADEBAUGH–1906-1974–New-York-Worlds-Fair–United-?saleno=2593&lotNo=166&refNo=744409
Poster showing the Kodak pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Graphic designer not shown. Image © Swann Auction Galleries. Fair use license. via https://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/Lots/auction-lot/VARIOUS-ARTISTS-New-York-Worlds-Fair–Company-Advertising?saleno=2593&lotNo=171&refNo=743076

More wonderful WPA posters from the Library of Congress. Varied messages but great graphics. . .enjoy!

Panda bear hugging a tree at the "L" Brookfield Zoo. 1938.
Panda bear hugging a tree at the “L” Brookfield Zoo. 1938. Color silkscreen. Charles Raymond Long, illustrator. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/98513301/

"Spare our Trees." 1938.
“Spare our Trees.” 1938. Color silkscreen. Stanley Thomas Clough, maker. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/98517129/

"Careers Ahead." 1939.
“Careers Ahead.” 1939. Color silkscreen. Maker not known. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/98517916/

"The United States first foreign trade zone." 1937.
“The United States first foreign trade zone.” 1937. Jack Rivolta, maker. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/98518517/

"Discover Puerto Rico USA where the Americas meet." 1940.
“Discover Puerto Rico USA where the Americas meet.” 1940. Frank S. Nicholson, maker. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/98518614/

Blanket design of the Haida Indians from the Indian court of the Golden Gate International Exhibition. 1939.
Blanket design of the Haida Indians from the Indian court of the Golden Gate International Exhibition. 1939. Color silkscreen. Louis Siegriest, maker. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/98518795/

"Grow it yourself - plan a farm garden now." 1941-43.
“Grow it yourself – plan a farm garden now.” 1941-43. Color silkscreen. Herbert Bayer, maker. In the public domain. via http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/wpapos/item/99400959/