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.

Inkwell from the Great Exhibition of Industry of All Nations
Deutsche Luftkriegsbeute Ausstellung. Delka. [German Exhibition of Captured Aircraft]
Stacking chair
Foire de Paris Mai 1928 [Paris Fair May 1928]
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Bracelet from the Chicago World's Fair 1933
Exposition Internationale de l'Affiche [International Poster Exhibition]
Vase: Monart, shape D
Commemorative plate from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 1925 [Industrial Fair Utrecht 1925]
Fliegt Nach Paris Zur Weltausstellung 1937
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
Vase: Monart, similar to shape QE