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.

Voedings-En Genotmiddelen, Utrecht [Nourishments-and Luxuries, Utrecht]
1939 Golden Gate International Exposition - San Francisco Bay
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Foire De Paris 9-25 Mai 1942 [Fair Of Paris 9 May 25, 1942]
Allgemeine Kriegsgräber-Ausstellung Graz 1918 [United War-Grave Exhibition]
Exposition de l'Habitation [Housing Exposition]
Vase: Monart, shape KK
Bookend from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
World's Fair - Chicago 1833 A Century of Progress 1933
Exposición Internacional Barcelona [Barcelona International Exhibition]
Buttresses of the Transportation Building, 1933 Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago
Commemorative plate from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904
Stacking chair
California World's Fair 39