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.

Souvenir tile from A Century of Progress, Chicago
Koninklijk Nederlandsch Genootschap Voor Geslacht-En Wapenkunde 1883 1933... Tentoonstelling... [Royal Netherlands Society for Lineage and Heraldry 1883 1933...Exhibition...]
Design for an entrance card, Royal Netherlands Industries Fair, 10 t/m 19 Sept. 1946
New York's World Fair, 1939-40
Mostra Cinematografica della Biennale Venezia 1936 AN. XIV [Film Show of the Biennale Venice 1936 Year XIV]
Galerie der Moden [Gallery of Fashion]
Design for logo for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
40ste Jaarbeurs Utrecht 14-23 Maart 1939 [40th Industries Fair Utrecht March 14-23 1939]
Pedestal dish from the Chicago World's Fair
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Administration Building
Designs for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Vase: Monart, shape KK
Souvenir plaque from the Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago
Design for an entrance card, Wij Bezoeken de Najaarsbeurs 10 t/m 19 Sept. 1946 [We are visiting the Autumn Fair 10 to 19 Sept. 1946]
100 Jahre Deutsche Eisenbahnen Ausstellung, Nürnberg, 1935 [Centennial Exhibition of the German State Railroad. . . ]