World: Regilded Gate

The promoters of world's fairs like to describe their shows as exhibitions of culture. For that reason Grover Whalen long insisted that New York's World of Tomorrow would have no displays of nudity, a rule not too closely observed. San Francisco's Golden Gate International Exposition felt the same way. It allowed Sally Rand to establish a "Dnude Ranch" on Treasure Island, but boasted in advance that its Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts would draw more paying customers.

The handsome Palace of Fine and Decorative Arts, described as a $35,000,000 exhibit—destined at Fair's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!