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.

Swiss Industries Fair1937 Basle
Design for pamphlet for the 1939 World's Fair Facts
Sideboard
Vase: Monart, shape KK
Designs for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Model for Pavilions of the Central Court (Court of Honor)
Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung 1938 [Great German Art Exhibition]
Exposition Internationale de l'Affiche [International Poster Exhibition]
Exhibitions of Chrysanthemums of Tokyo at Hibiya Park, November 1934
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Souvenir tie clip from the Chicago World's Fair, 1934
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opent perspectieven voor de toekomst [Industries Fair Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opens perspectives for the future]
Souvenir Remington typewriter bank from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Arbeidsbeurs Utrecht [Labor Exchange Utrecht]