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.

A Century of Progress 1833-1933
South Carolina Interstate & West Indian Exposition Charleston, South Carolina 1901-02
Foire de Paris Mai 1939 [Fair of Paris, May 1939]
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Travel Building
Stacking chair
Vase: Monart, shape KA
Polyorama Panoptique: Le Liege à Aix-La-Chapelle
Foire de Paris Mai 1928 [Paris Fair May 1928]
Electricity, from A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Commemorative Bowl: Bing & Grondahl Porcellaen
Cookie tin from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Radio Broadcasting, from the Westinghouse Pavilion, A Century of Progress, Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
World's Fair - Chicago 1833 A Century of Progress 1933
Commemorative Liberty Bell Bookend from the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial