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.

Darmstadt. Ein Dokument Deutscher Kunst. Die Ausstellung Der Künstlerkolonie. Mai-Okt. 1901 [Darmstadt. A Document of German Art. Exhibition of the Artists' Colony. May-Oct. 1901]
New York's World Fair, 1939-40
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Reklame Schau [Advertising Exhibition]
ELNIJTO 5-14 Juli Electriciteits En Nijverheids Tentoonstelling Nijmegen [ELNIJTO 5-14 July Electricity and Industry Exhibition Nijmegen]
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Souvenir spoon from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Kakteen Ausstellung Botanischen Garten [Cactus Exhibition Botanical Garden]
P.V.V. Foire Internationale de Prague [P. V. V. Prague International Fair]
Tentoonstelling Buitenlandsch Bind Werk Van Dezen Tijd, Vereen: Boekband en Bindkunst [Exhibition of Contemporary Foreign Binding Work, Organization: Book Jacket and Book Binding Art]
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
New York World's Fair 1939
Model from New York World's Fair: Trylon and Perisphere