Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1937.
This not-quite World's Fair opened in June 1936, and wass intended to commemorate Cleveland's centennial. The exposition drew 4 million visitors in 1936 and 7 in 1937. The exposition was located where the Great Lakes Science Center, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Burke Lakefront Airport are now located. Attractions included a floating stage. Bob Crosby's Orchestra played there in 1936, but in 1937 it was replaced with Billy Rose's Aquacade, a water music and dance show that starred Johnny Weissmuller and Eleanor Holm. Little person Meinhardt Raabe (later to gain game as a Munchkin) appeared at the fair as "Little Oscar" -- a miniature chef associated with the Oscar Meyer weiner company.
In October 2010, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., hosted an exhibition about World's Fairs of the 1930s which prominently featured the Great Lakes Exposition.