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.

Polyorama Panoptique: Le Liege à Aix-La-Chapelle
Night light from A Century of Progress, Chicago: Federal Building
World's Fair - Chicago 1833 A Century of Progress 1933
ILA Internationale Luftfahrt-Ausstellung Berlin 1928 7. Bis 28. Oktober [ILA International Aviation Exhibition Berlin 1928 7 until 28 October]
Souvenir tile from A Century of Progress, Chicago
Jubiläums Blumenschau [Anniversary Flowers Exhibition]
Study for the illumination of the Eiffel Tower for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques
Design for billboard for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Exposition Nationale Suisse Berne 1914
Bouwmaterialen, Jaarbeurs Utrecht, 3-12 April 1951 [Building Materials, Industrial Fair Utrecht, 3-12 April 1951]
Plate from Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition 1909
Darmstadt. Ein Dokument Deutscher Kunst. Die Ausstellung Der Künstlerkolonie. Mai-Okt. 1901 [Darmstadt. A Document of German Art. Exhibition of the Artists' Colony. May-Oct. 1901]
Maquette, for "Column of Perfection," Heinz Pavilion, 1939 New York World's Fair: Female Figure
Vase: Monart, similar to shape HG
N.S.D.A.P. Kampf Ausstellung