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.

Box from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Galerie der Moden [Gallery of Fashion]
Paris Pavillon De Marsan Palais Du Louvre Exhibition of British Arts and Crafts April October 1914
New York World's Fair 1939
Model from New York World's Fair: Trylon and Perisphere
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
Souvenir ball from the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago
Souvenir spoon from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, Century 21 Exposition
Electricity, from A Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Administration Building
Koloniale Tentoonstelling Semarang 1914 [Colonial Exhibition Semarang 1914]
Deutsche Werkstätten Jetzt [The German Workshops Now]
Indian Court Federal Building Golden Gate International Exhibition
Der Ewige Jude [The Wandering Jew (literally , the Eternal Jew)]