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: Salazar of Portugal
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Souvenir spoon from Saint Louis World's Fair, 1904
Souvenir fan from the Universal Exposition, Paris
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Model for Pavilions of the Central Court (Court of Honor)
Expozitiunea Generala Romana Bucuresti 1906
Arbeidsbeurs Utrecht [Labour Exchange Utrecht]
Russian Exhibition The Grafton Galleries Bond Street April 30 to May 31 Russian Restaurant 1917
Stacking chair
XV. Internationale Jaarbeurs Utrecht [15th International Industries Fair Utrecht]
Soldaten Am Atlantik [Soldiers at the Atlantic]
Box from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Night light from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Federal Building
Commemorative plate from the Great Exhibition of All Nations, London: the Crystal Palace
Souvenir spoon from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition