Inside the Henry Ford Museum
(Credit The Henry Ford)
March 24, 2013
DEARBORN (WWJ) - From highways to the television, all-electric kitchens to robots, world’s fairs of the 1930s introduced Americans to the modern and technological wonders that were expected to change the way we lived.
Discover the future, as imagined by the innovators, architects and designers of the past, in Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s, the newest exhibition opening inside the Henry Ford Museum on April 27.
Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., this exhibition explores how six Depression-era fairs served as a grand platform for innovators like Henry Ford to showcase their visions of a brighter tomorrow.
Between 1933 and 1940, tens of millions of people flocked to world’s fairs in cities across the nation during the worst economic crisis the U.S. had ever known. These fairs popularized modern design for the American public and promoted the idea of science and consumerism as a way to rescue America from the Great Depression.