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.

Oranje Nassau 1923 Tentoonstelling s' gravenhage [Orange Nassau 1923 Exhibition The Hague]
Internationale Tentoonstelling voor Handel & Industrie [International Exhibition for Trade and Industry]
Souvenir pen tray from the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo
Deutscher Werkbund Ausstellung, Ortsgruppe Crefeld [German Werkbund Exhibition, Krefeld branch]
Allgemeine Ausstellung Deutscher Industrie Und Gewerbs Erzeugnisse Munchen 1854 [General Exhibition for German industrial and commercial products, Munchen, 1854]
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Models for Pavilions of the Central Court (Court of Honor)
Souvenir ashtray from the Chicago World's Fair, 1934
Foire De Paris 9-25 Mai 1942 [Fair Of Paris 9 May 25, 1942]
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Souvenir tray from Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle
Ausstellung: Die Elektrizität im Haushalt [Exhibition: Electricity in the Household]
A Century of Progress 1833-1933
Souvenir spoon from the Pan American Exposition, Buffalo
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Administration Building