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.

Construction of Trylon and Perisphere
Box: Salazar of Portugal
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Commemorative plate from the Great Exhibition of All Nations, London: the Crystal Palace
Werkbund Ausstellung. Die Form [Werkbund Exhibition, The Form]
Souvenir spoon from the Sesquicentennial International Exposition, 1926
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Oranje Nassau 1923 Tentoonstelling s' gravenhage [Orange Nassau 1923 Exhibition The Hague]
ILA Internationale Luftfahrt-Ausstellung Berlin 1928 7. Bis 28. Oktober [ILA International Aviation Exhibition Berlin 1928 7 until 28 October]
Cookie tin from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Europäische Plastik [European Plastic]
Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition Seattle 1909
Vase: Monart, shape D
Untitled [Mural study for Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate International Exhibition, San Francisco]
San Francisco Bay Exposition, Yerba Buena Island: Sculptural Model for Pavilions of the Central Court (Court of Honor)