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.

Polyorama Panoptique: Café des Ambassadeurs Champs Elysée Paris
Biennale Di Venezia XIX Esposizione Internazionale D'Arte Contemporanea [Venice Biennale XIX International Exhibition of Contemporary Art]
Chicago World's Fair
San Francisco World's Fair on Treasure Island
Souvenir tie clip from the Chicago World's Fair, 1934
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Souvenir glass from the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle
Secretary, for the "Officer's Ideal Quarters," Earl's Court Military Exhibition, London
Design for billboard for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Foire De Paris 9-25 Mai 1942 [Fair Of Paris 9 May 25, 1942]
La Barre à Mine [Mining Bar], for the Belgian Congo Pavilion at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, Paris
Tentoonstelling de Vrouw 1813-1913, Mei-Oct 1913 [Exhibition The Woman 1813-1913, May-Oct 1913]
Pavillon de La Réunion for the 1931 Paris Exposition Coloniale Internationale
Huisvlijt Ontwikkeling en Ontspanning Centrale Tentoonstelling [Domestic crafts, Developing and Relaxation Central Exhibition]
Paris Pavillon De Marsan Palais Du Louvre Exhibition of British Arts and Crafts April October 1914