World’s Fairs and Expositions

Collection Description

World’s fairs were landmark events in an era before television and the World Wide Web, before long-distance travel became a routine experience for many people. The Wolfsonian’s collection traces the evolution of the fairs, from the 1851 Crystal Palace Exposition in London to the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Among the world’s fair material in the collection are souvenirs and other commemorative objects, drawings for the pavilions, objects and artwork that were displayed at the fairs, and a vast amount of publications, from multi-volume official catalogs to brochures.

Tentoonstelling de Vrouw 1813-1913 [Exhibition The Woman 1813-1913]
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Model for Pavilions of the Central Court (Court of Honor)
Futuristic building at dusk with searchlights and fireworks
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 1925 [Industrial Fair Utrecht 1925]
Columbus Dominoes
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Maya Temple
Souvenir ice pick from the San Francisco World's Fair 1939
World's Fair - Chicago 1833 A Century of Progress 1933
Promote the General Welfare [Produced for 1939 New York World's Fair U.S. Government Building competition, organized by Section of Fine Arts, Treasury Department (unrealized)]
Kakteen Ausstellung Botanischen Garten [Cactus Exhibition Botanical Garden]
Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
III. Wiener Internationale Messe [III. Viennese International Fair]
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Model Group of South Garden (Enchanted Garden)
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Models in East Square #6 and East Long Courts #5