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.

Souvenir spoon from Saint Louis World's Fair
Puzzle: Eiffel Tower
Jaarbeurs Utrecht [Industrial Fair Utrecht]
Study for the illumination of the Eiffel Tower for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques
Columbus Egg Puzzle
Exposition Generale Polonaise Section de l'Art [Polish General Exposition Section of Art]
Construction of Trylon and Perisphere
Souvenir plaque from the New York World's Fair 1939
Maquette, for "Column of Perfection," Heinz Pavilion, 1939 New York World's Fair: Male Figure
Foire de Paris Mai 1939 [Fair of Paris, May 1939]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Box: Salazar of Portugal
Aerial view of exposition
Design for windshield sticker for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Design for an entrance card, Extra Jaarbeurstreinen, 10 t/m 19 Sept. 1946 [Extra Trains for the Industrial Fair, 10 to 19 Sept. 1946]