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.

British Empire Exhibition Wembley London
Commemorative Liberty Bell Bookend from the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial
Giugno Genovese [Genovese June]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Souvenir coaster from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Golden Pavilion of Jehol
Painting from the Pan American Exposition: Temple Music
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Paul Nash: An Official Artist on the Western Front
Expozitiunea Generala Romana Bucuresti 1906
History of Eire: mural study for Irish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, 1939
40ste Jaarbeurs Utrecht 14-23 Maart 1939 [40th Industries Fair Utrecht March 14-23 1939]
Souvenir miniature jug from the Centennial, July 4th, 1876
Manifestazioni Parmensi Congressi Mostre Sports 14 21 Maggio 1933 XI [Parmesan Sports Events Exhibitions Congress XI 14 May 21, 1933]
Fiasta Nazionala 1940. Per Nossa Schuldada [National Festival 1940. For Our Debts]
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opent perspectieven voor de toekomst [Industries Fair Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opens perspectives for the future]