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.

Exposition Internationale de l'Affiche [International Poster Exhibition]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Souvenir Remington typewriter bank from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
Tentoonstelling de Vrouw 1813-1913, Mei-Oct 1913 [Exhibition The Woman 1813-1913, May-Oct 1913]
Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
Stacking chair
Letter opener from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Premio Nazionale di Pittura Golfo Della Spezia [National Prize for Gulf of Spezia Painting]
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 1934 Dagkaarten [Industrial Fair Utrecht 1934, Day tickets]
Commemorative plate from the Universal Exposition, 1889
Souvenir spoon from the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago
Esposizione e Congresso Internationali di Fonderia [International Exhibition and Congress Foundry]
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line