NYPL Biblion: World's Fair

NYPL Biblion: World's Fair

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 1.6.1
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • Developer: The New York Public Library
  • Compatibility: Android
844 Ratings
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NYPL Biblion: World's Fair App

***Apple "Education App of the Year" 2011 ***Honorable Mention in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards Enter the World of Tomorrow and experience the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair through the collections of The New York Public Library! Biblion: The Boundless Library is designed to take you — all but literally — into the Library's legendary stacks, opening up hidden parts of the collections and the myriad story lines they hold and preserve. In this free app you will hold documents, images, films, audio, and essays directly from the collections right in your hands. With Biblion, you can jump from stack to stack, story to story, as you move through the infoscape of the World's Fair, created directly from NYPL's Manuscripts and Archives Division. The Fair — like the Library — has something for everyone, covering a range of topics from technological innovation, music, and pop culture, to a world dealing with the crises of war and economic hardship. Biblion: World’s Fair allows you to: • Read original essays from such prominent writers as Karen Abbott, William Grimes, Henry Jenkins, Elliott Kalan, James Mauro, and others • View General Motors' famous Futurama ride, in full color, from the original carousel! • Explore the development of the Fair's designs, uniforms, buildings, and exhibits, including Salvador Dalí’s then-shocking Dream of Venus extravaganza • Relish the outrageous restaurant ideas that never made the cut • Learn about the fate of the Czechoslovakia Pavilion after the country was invaded by Hitler • Discover what was buried inside the Westinghouse Time Capsule ... not to be opened until the year 6939! • Fly from story to story, charting your own journey through the stacks… This first issue of Biblion explores only one part of the Library’s vast and awe-inspiring holdings. Future editions will open up other parts of the Library’s collections, services, or programs.


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NYPL Biblion: World's Fair app reviews

  • iOS11 please!!!!! 5/5

    By robpreuss
  • Amazing 5/5

    By YikesCasey
    Outstanding content and interface. I hope the continue to add to it.
  • Awesome 5/5

    By Mike9Mike
    Every time I revisit this app I find new revelations. One of my favorite apps ever.
  • Book lovers links 5/5

    By luv2help
    Beautifully crafted app that brings a literary experience alive
  • Stets 5/5

    By estets
    WOW! Talk about going back in time.
  • Excellent! 5/5

    By PeteCeria
    Thank you for this fine app! Well done!
  • Fantastic 5/5

    By Mjcsideas
    This is one of the most entertaining and informative applications on my ipad. In my opinion, this is a must for any history buff especially if your focus is 20th century history.
  • Blah, one Time Use App 2/5

    By Taylei
    I suppose it would be unrealistic to expect more pictures due to the era, but as beautiful as this app is you browse it once and never again. It's boring and lacks detail. I for one, was looking for extensive information on inventions debuted at the fair.
  • One word WOW!!! 5/5

    By Playing 2 Win
    This is how an app should look and operate simply AMAZING Get it without hesitation it becomes a paid app
  • Will only open from App Store 4/5

    By DrPippi
    The icon for the app has gone dark and will not open. To open I have to go to my purchased list in the App Store. It opens fine there, but something is wrong with it.
  • Awesome 5/5

    By zodiacprime
    Simply awesome
  • Amazing app! 5/5

    By ball_of_fire3
    Love the update. Thank you!!
  • Need more apps like this 5/5

    By Jorpro
    Interactive multimedia display of an important moment in an era from original source materials. A virtual museum and library. Great work. Please give us more of these.
  • Wow!!! 5/5

    By Tgbyhnmju
    That's all -- just WOW!!
  • One of the most beautiful apps ever 5/5

    By dkazaz
    This is a wonderful app for fans of books, history and the 1930's era. Packed with pictures and content, it contains a fascinating archive of the 1939 world's trade fair in NYC. A real jem!
  • Dynamite app! 5/5

    By Flibbertygibbet2016
    This is a comprehensive visit to an America of not that long ago, which takes you to an era where TV and easy "long distance" phone conversations were only an emerging dream, war was on the horizon, and cell phones and other things we take for granted today had not even been thought of. Well worth exploring.
  • Amazing! 5/5

    By Wesley3K
    I am dying to see more Biblion apps. This was one of my first downloads when I got my ipad, but I still find myself coming back to it. Well-designed, but it doesn't let the style outweigh the substance and the sheer amount of content.
  • Great App! 5/5

    By Smedy2
    This app is very interactive in some of the most creative ways! I enjoy using this innovative learning tool a lot.
  • Invaluable research tool 5/5

    By Extra P.
    While researching the 39-40 World's Fair for a manuscript, I stumbled across this app. It has been invaluable in filling out my historical research, and it is beautifully designed. The layout is intuitive and easy to navigate. Excellent app.
  • Really Nice 5/5

    By MyPops53
    Well organized and easy to navigate.
  • Download This App 5/5

    By JamesRP
    This app is nothing short of amazing. Not only is it evocative of the time and place, it shows just what a web page can be. I'm a mystery writer and the stories here are worth reading; I'm a librarian and the information here is staggering. Quit reading this review, download it and you'll see. James R. Preston The Surf City Mysteries
  • Excellent 5/5

    By YuTelly
    Photos are highly evocative. Text is interesting. A fascinating app.
  • Biblion is wonderful 4/5

    By Phinney5350
    Biblion is a great app. I enjoy spending time reading its treasure trove.
  • More, More, More!!! 5/5

    By 2SCdoodles
    I love the Biblion apps!!! They are amazing. Stunning! Beautiful! These are a treasure trove. Please produce more. I read about these in an article about the top 100 apps. By far the Biblion apps are my most favorite.
  • Must see and read 5/5

    By Kepandia
    Beautiful graphics. The future of newsprint at the tip of your fingers. Highly recommended!
  • Great App 5/5

    By longferry
    This is an evident expression of generosity.
  • Biblion World's Fair 4/5

    By Genealogist on the go
    I have enjoyed this app; have gone back to it several times. I would like to be able to see other exhibits as well.
  • Excellent 5/5

    By Lesliesj
    I love this app, it is well laid out and provides tons of information. I would love to see the other events portrayed in the same manner--for instance the Seattle worlds fair.
  • Excellent use of technology 5/5

    By vulcanjedi
    This interactive format is fantastic. And the content is great. A fun look back in the past to an event looking towards the future.
  • Worlds Fair Land of the Lost 5/5

    By SitbackNY
    An amazing, rich and fulfilling document to the wonders and imagination of an incredible era of hope and achievement. How did we screw is up so badly.
  • Free and Wonderful! 5/5

    By Lou1492
    This and the Frankenstein app are both fantastic. If you enjoy browsing through historic stories and photographs, this is for you.
  • This is great 5/5

    By Nic7667
    And to be honest: Every time I opened this wonderful time machine I wonder how it is possible that it is free... What a great look back in time, absolutely marvelous. Thank you for this piece of history!
  • World's Fair 1936 5/5

    By Farmer Ana M
    One of my favorite Apps. I've read every article and looked at every picture, but I keep coming back to do it all over again. I feel like I can touch history.
  • Archival bliss 5/5

    By Eventologist
    One of the most interesting apps out there. Keep it coming, NYPL. I know you have lots more stuff to share. This app uses so many of the technological tricks available. Love it!!
  • Great app! 5/5

    By Ikedel
    As I was born in 1939 I find this very interesting. Great information.
  • Biblion NYC World's Fair, 1936 5/5

    By Jrv29
    Great app. Filled with high-Rez pictures an tons of I for. If you like NYC, the '30s or World's Fair, this is well worth it.
  • Yeah Biblion! 4/5

    By BRmum
    Intriguing history in a 21st Century box. Well done!
  • Excellent... 5/5

    By Seguner
    This is how an app should be like. A perfect education and entertainment tool. Loved every bit!
  • A Great App 5/5

    By Byoung345
    I find this to be an incredible educational app. The information is clearly detailed and full of information, pictures, and stories. I would surely like to see more of these types of apps in the App Store from New York Public Library.
  • Outstanding presentation 5/5

    By RockWren49
    Amazing graphical presentation of information. Very educational and interesting.
  • If... 5/5

    By Ransom52
    Great app.... You get a lot of great info on the worlds fair and more interesting as to what they thought the future would be in the past
  • Outstanding app 5/5

    By squawcove
    You can't travel back in time, but this app is the next best thing. Wonderful recreation of a fabled world's fair.
  • Raises the Bar 5/5

    By Jonny Craig
    Loved this app from day one. Sets the standard ;)
  • Cool interaction 5/5

    By The ny Chef
    Awesome on the I pad 3. Visually stunning.
  • Great! 5/5

    By Cegil
    Very informative...
  • Great app 5/5

    By Umg101
    One of my favorite apps. Highly recommended
  • Great! 5/5

    By lh14532
    Incredible depth of content, interesting and enjoyable presentation.
  • Fantastic! 5/5

    By SJBitman
    A model for other world-leading institutions to follow.
  • Historical documentation extraordinaire! 5/5

    By keepero1
    The photographs, movies, exhibits, pavilions, text, original artwork, menus and other items too numerous to mention make this one of the most captivating apps and a history lesson from a great time in our culture. The contrasts from then, and now, are incredible. Everything from gadgets to fashion, celebrities and common folk. This app provides hours of enjoyment and perspective. Loved the time capsule placement movie with your 'average American family', the water shows and the risqué acts that were apparently acceptable Fair entertainment at the time!
  • My jaw drops 5/5

    By mickydeenyc
    What an absolutely beautiful way to learn, to remember, and to honor our past.

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