1939 New York World's Fair Perisphere Cuyahoga Valley - ORIGINAL RTO1


This is an original rotogravure picture section from The New York Times, Sunday Issue, November 5, 1939. This four-page, double-sided section has cover images of life in prewar America including; the New York World's Fair perisphere lit up like a jack-o'-lantern; the North Carolina - Pennsylvania football game at Franklin Field, Philadelphia; a corn husking contest; the Grand Coulee Dam under construction; and a night view of the steel mills in Ohio's famous Cuyahoga Valley; plus many other interior images and ads including a full-page (16 x 22 inches) color ad for Christmas cards from Abraham & Straus, Brooklyn, NYC.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a scarce collection of original rotogravure pictorial sections from several major U. S. newspapers. These sections were highly popular in their day, and today they provide us with fascinating "snapshots," so to speak, of historical events, people and places--a virtual treasure trove for the collector of historical memorabilia. These items are extremely fragile and to reduce handling them we have taken a digital image of the first page only. (Please note that the image contrast and resolution is of a higher quality than we were able to capture digitally.) Each item in this collection is protected by an oversized black acid-free 3-ply board and encapsulated in an archival resealable bag. Plus, we use special custom shipping materials to guarantee safe arrival, flat. Due to the large size of these sections, they will be shipped folded along the original crease.

About Rotogravure: Rotogravure is a printing method using a rotary press with intaglio cylinders which allows for very high quality halftone reproductions to be printed at high speed on inexpensive paper stock. Newspapers, beginning with The New York Times, were able to make effective use of this technology, and many published regular rotogravure pictorial sections in their publications during the early 20th century.


This 72+ year old Item is rated Fine+. This fragile item has normal wear and tear from use including small tears, chips, and creases.

  • Product Type: Orig. Rotogravure Section; Sepia
  • Grade: Fine+
  • Dimensions: Approximately 16 x 22 inches; 41 x 56 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)