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.

Stad Mechelen Retrospectieve Tentoonstelling [City of Mechelen Retrospective Exhibition]
La Barre à Mine [Mining Bar], for the Belgian Congo Pavilion at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, Paris
Stacking chair
Russian Exhibition The Grafton Galleries Bond Street April 30 to May 31 Russian Restaurant 1917
Polyorama Panoptique
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Polyorama Panoptique: Café des Ambassadeurs Champs Elysée Paris
Secretary, for the "Officer's Ideal Quarters," Earl's Court Military Exhibition, London
Plate from the World's Columbian Exposition 1893
International Health Exhibition - London 1884
Paul Nash: An Official Artist on the Western Front
In 1939 the New York World's Fair
Ia Esposizione Nazionale Biennale d'Arte Napoli [1st Biannual National Exposition of Neapolitan Art]
Huisvlijt Ontwikkeling en Ontspanning Centrale Tentoonstelling [Domestic crafts, Developing and Relaxation Central Exhibition]
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939