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.

Reichsnährstands flag pole finial
Jaarbeurs Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opent perspectieven voor de toekomst [Industries Fair Utrecht 4-14 September 1941, Opens perspectives for the future]
Vase: Monart, shape KK
Construction of Trylon and Perisphere
ELNIJTO 5-14 Juli Electriciteits En Nijverheids Tentoonstelling Nijmegen [ELNIJTO 5-14 July Electricity and Industry Exhibition Nijmegen]
Reklame Schau [Advertising Exhibition]
Vystava Manes u Praze
Advertising display, Mosque for the J.W. Smitt Tea and Coffee Company
Onoranze A Volta Nel Centenario Della Pila Como 1899 Maggio-Ottobre Esposizione Internazionale di Elettricita [Honor to Volta on the Centenary of the Battery Como May-October 1899 International Exposition of Electricity]
Bracelet from the Chicago World's Fair 1933
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco: A Pageant of the Pacific
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Foire De Paris 9-25 Mai 1942 [Fair Of Paris 9 May 25, 1942]
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
De X Jaarbeurs Utrecht [The X Industrial Fair Utrecht]