Backstage at the '39 World's Fair

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April 28, 2019

Broadway impresario Billy Rose, burlesque bombshell Gypsy Rose Lee, and movie star/animal trainer Frank Buck were all in Queens performing as part of the 1939 World's Fair. 

Join writer/performer Trav S.D. as he delves into the entertaining side of the Fair to commemorate its 80th anniversary. 

 Trav S.D. (Travis Stewart), author of No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous and the blog Travalanche, will present an illustrated talk on the many notable performing artists who contributed to the exposition's storied magic, ranging from the biggest stars of the time, to dozens of sideshow, circus, and amusement park performers from Coney Island.

A vivid glimpse into a year and a half period when Queens seemed to be the center of the Universe! 

Sunday, April 28 at 3pm

Photo courtesy Bill Cotter