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.

Loten van De Nationale Tentoonstelling van Vrouwenarbeid [Lottery of the National Exhibition of Women Labor]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Plate from the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876
Pavillon des Stations Thermales Climatiques et Balnéaires à l'Exposition Internationale à Paris
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Models in East Square Court #6 (Court of Flowers)
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
Design for an entrance card, Utrecht Jaarbeurs, 7 t/m 16 Sept. 1948 [Utrecht Industrial Fair, 7 to 16 Sept. 1948]
40ste Jaarbeurs Utrecht 14-23 Maart 1939 [40th Industries Fair Utrecht March 14-23 1939]
Polyorama Panoptique: La Tamise, Le Tunnel (Londres)
Polyorama Panoptique: Arc de Triomphe de L'Étoile (Paris)
Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung 1938 [Great German Art Exhibition]
Fiasta Nazionala 1940. Per Nossa Schuldada [National Festival 1940. For Our Debts]
Kon. Nederl. Jaarbeurs Utrecht Doorloopend Bewijs Van Toegang [Royal Dutch Industrial Fair Utrecht Continuous proof of entrance]
Polyorama Panoptique: instruction card
Souvenir chocolate cup from the Industrial Exposition, Helsingborg: Mazettis Chokolad Paviljong