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.

Glas-Aardewerk-Porcelain Kristal-Huishoudelijke Artikelen [Glass-Pottery-Porcelain Crystal-Domestic Products]
Voedings-En Genotmiddelen, Utrecht [Nourishments-and Luxuries, Utrecht]
Exposicíon Internacional Barcelona [Barcelona International Exhibition]
Souvenir tray from Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle
"Jubilaeums-Ausstellung für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe Karlsruhe," 1906 [Jubilee-Exhibition of Fine and Applied Arts...]
Lanterns at Treasure Island
Souvenir cigarette case from the Exhibition of the Industry of all Nations, 1851
Souvenir pen tray from the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo
Stacking chair
Commemorative Liberty Bell bookend from the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial
Souvenir thermometer from the Chicago World's Fair 1934
Verlichting Verwarming Sanitair, Utrecht [Lighting Heating Sanitation, Utrecht]
Design for an entrance card, Extra Jaarbeurstreinen, 10 t/m 19 Sept. 1946 [Extra Trains for the Industrial Fair, 10 to 19 Sept. 1946]
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco