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.

Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Salon Aéronautique [Aeronoticaul Exhibition]
Russian Exhibition The Grafton Galleries Bond Street April 30 to May 31 Russian Restaurant 1917
Exposition Generale Polonaise Section de l'Art [Polish General Exposition Section of Art]
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
Chicago World's Fair
Souvenir parasol from A Century of Progress, Chicago
Souvenir chocolate cup from the Industrial Exposition, Helsingborg: Mazettis Chokolad Paviljong
Stacking chair
1939 World's Fair on San Francisco Bay
Stad Mechelen Retrospectieve Tentoonstelling [City of Mechelen Retrospective Exhibition]
Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Electrical Group
Commemorative scarf: Glasgow International Exhibition 1901
Kölner Ausstellung Mai-October [Cologne Exhibition]