The Sesquicentennial Expo
On May 31, 1926, the Sesquicentennial International Exposition opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was planned to mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the 50th anniversary of the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
John Wanamaker, who had helped plan the Centennial Expo, conceived of the idea for the world’s fair in 1916. At that time, Philadelphia had gained a reputation for political corruption and Wanamaker believed that a world’s fair could help improve how people saw the city.