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.

Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
40ste Jaarbeurs Utrecht 14-23 Maart 1939 [40th Industries Fair Utrecht March 14-23 1939]
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opent perspectieven voor de toekomst [Industries Fair Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opens perspectives for the future]
Vystava Manes u Praze
Soldaten Am Atlantik [Soldiers at the Atlantic]
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Models at the East Towers & Lagoon (Towers of the East)
Birds Eye View of the Centennial Buildings and Grounds
Österreich auf der Weltausstellung Paris 1900 [Austria at the World's Fair Paris 1900]
History of Eire: mural study for Irish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, 1939
Tentoonstelling van Palestina-Producten en Joodsche Kunstnyverheid [Exhibition of Palestinian Products and Jewish Arts and Crafts]
Plate from the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876
Exposition Nationale Suisse Berne 1914
Jubiläums Blumenschau [Anniversary Flowers Exhibition]
Exposition de l'Habitation [Housing Exposition]