PRETTY GIRLS ARE BIG HIT AT NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR (May, 1939)
PRETTY GIRLS ARE BIG HIT AT NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR
The New York World’s Fair ended its second week feeling pretty well satisfied with itself. Attendance of almost 2,500,-000, including 500,000 free admissions, was up to expectations. The head of the San Francisco Fair came and was impressed. A discordant note, however, came from Chicago where the Daily News suggested that Grover Whalen be turned into a national park when the Fair was over.
Undoubted hit of the Fair were the girls who guided visitors around the Fair for small fees. Pretty (see front cover), pleasant and encyclopedic, the girl guides are much in demand. Ever polite and informative, they have had to fend off some strange questions. Some samples: “Where is the periscope?” “When does the helicline take off?” “When do they feed the lagoons?”
Girl and boy guides line UP every morning in full uniform for a 10-min. drill. There are 20 girls and (60 hoys. First on the left is Barbara Wall, the girl on the cover.
Non-guided visitors always interrupt Barbara Wall’s tours to ask questions. Even though these answers are given gratis, guides must answer politely and completely.
Customers are mostly elderly ladies and schoolteachers, a good many tell Barbara that they have been to the San Francisco Fair. New York’s impresses them more.
Demonstrations are given on private tours. Above: The new small-sized Crosley car is tested. Below: day’s end. Barbara walks about 15 miles during a working day.