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.

Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Tentoonstelling: De Trein 1839-1939 [Exhibition: The Train 1839-1939]
Darmstadt. Ein Dokument Deutscher Kunst. Die Ausstellung Der Künstlerkolonie. Mai-Okt. 1901 [Darmstadt. A Document of German Art. Exhibition of the Artists' Colony. May-Oct. 1901]
Souvenir box from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Loten van De Nationale Tentoonstelling van Vrouwenarbeid [Lottery of the National Exhibition of Women Labor]
Stacking chair
Souvenir plaque from the Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Beelden in de lijnbaan [Images in the line job]
Polyorama Panoptique: La Place Vendòme (Paris)
Model from New York World's Fair: Trylon and Perisphere
Ministere Du Commerce Et De L'Industrie Exposition Internationale Arts Decoratifs Et Industriels Modernes [Trade Ministry and Modern Industrialists International Decorative Arts Exhibition]
Vase: Monart, shape KK