Brooklyn Daily Eagle Brooklyn June 3, 1940
FAIR IS MAGNET FOR 378J69, RECORD CROWD Mrs. Roosevelt, Wagner Urge labor to Support U. S. Defense Program Carefree thousands Inspired by perfect June day awarmed Into the World'! lr yesterday and carried the expoeltlon'i attendance record to a new peak for 1940. There were 378,760 paid admission and an additional 30,993 person! entered passes, boosting the total number of admittance! to 409,782. The ideal yather, Fair official! were happy to announce, was responsible for attracting the third largest throng since the World Tomorrow opened last year. The 1939 Fair had Its record attendance on Sept. 3, when 492,446 persona paid admissions to the grounds. The three-day-old mark of 317,-058 for this year, reached on Memorial Day, was broken long before the sun set yesterday on the rollicking but good natured and well-behaved crowd that spread over every squar foot of the grounds. Garment Workers Attend The crowd was swelled by estimated 120,000 member of International Ladles Garment Workers Union and their families who added a bright patriotic touch to the scene with their red, white and blue overseas caps and badges. The garment workers have been holding their annual convention New York. The only serious note of the was introduced by Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt and Senator Robert Wagner, who warned the I. L. O. W. delegates assembeled In the Court of Peace that labor must unite support of the nation's defense program. "We meet here under blue and a bright sun," Mrs. Roosevelt said, "yet there hangs over us a because of the sorrows of many people. Labor must come together and we as a nation must work unity to meet the problems before us. Urginjr by implication the drafting of President Roosevelt for third term, Senator Wagner declared that "labor must present united front and speak with voice in the councils of government." "We know that the President's preparedness promise is not an one," he said. "In the White House lives the man best qualified make America safe. May Franklin D. Roosevelt continue the task until we are sure that 'Mein Kampf will never be written to include American continent." Crowd an Informal One Yesterday's throngs took full advantage of the Informality which keynotes the 1940 Fair and lost time In transforming the beautifully landscaped 1,216 acres into vast picnic ground. Pajamas, (Jacks and shorts withj more formal Sunday as everyone did Just about what or she pleased. It was a day merrymaking and the immense crowd gave the impression of big, happy family.