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.

Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Souvenir spoon from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, Century 21 Exposition
Polyorama Panoptique: instruction card
Stacking chair
Russian Exhibition The Grafton Galleries Bond Street April 30 to May 31 Russian Restaurant 1917
International Health Exhibition - London 1884
Closeup of building with colonnade and gardens
Night light from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Federal Building
Esposizione Universale di Roma [Universal Exposition of Rome]
Le attività gentili. I progenitori [Noble activities. Our ancestors]
Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
Europa op het Vliegveld de Teuge [Europe at The Teuge Airport]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line