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.

Stad Mechelen Retrospectieve Tentoonstelling [City of Mechelen Retrospective Exhibition]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
La Barre à Mine [Mining Bar], for the Belgian Congo Pavilion at the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, Paris
A Century of Progress 1833-1933
Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
Plate from the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876
Vase: Monart, shape KK
Voedings-En Genotmiddelen, Utrecht [Nourishments-and Luxuries, Utrecht]
New Wembley 1925 Better and Brighter Than Ever
Toilette towel
Commemorative plate from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Vase: Monart, similar to shape OF
Aerial view of exposition
Ford A Century of Progress Chicago
Grande Fête de L’Air [Grand Festival of the Air]