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.

Expozitiunea Generala Romana Bucuresti 1906
Fiasta Nazionala 1940. Per Nossa Schuldada [National Festival 1940. For Our Debts]
Exposition Universelle Internationale 1900 [Universal International Exposition 1900]
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Europa op het Vliegveld de Teuge [Europe at The Teuge Airport]
A Century of Progress 1833-1933
Paris Pavillon De Marsan Palais Du Louvre Exhibition of British Arts and Crafts April October 1914
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Exposition Generale Polonaise Section de l'Art [Polish General Exposition Section of Art]
Painting from the Pan American Exposition: Temple Music
Design for an entrance card, Meubelen 7 t/m 16 Sept. 1948 Jaarbeurs Utrecht [Furniture 7 to 16 Sept. 1948 Industrial Fair Utrecht]
Cocktail shaker, Happy Days at the Century of Progress, Chicago 1934
Radio Televisie [Radio Television]
Polyorama Panoptique: Arc de Triomphe de L'Étoile (Paris)