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: La Tamise, Le Tunnel (Londres)
Teaspoon from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Paul Nash: An Official Artist on the Western Front
Oranje Nassau 1923 Tentoonstelling s' gravenhage [Orange Nassau 1923 Exhibition The Hague]
Stacking chair
Commemorative plate from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909: Territory of Hawaii
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Exposition Nationale Suisse Berne 1914
Internationale Tentoonstelling voor Handel & Industrie [International Exhibition for Trade and Industry]
Souvenir Remington typewriter bank from the New York World's Fair, 1939
Direct Route to New York World's Fair, Pennsylvania Railroad
Vase: Monart, shape JK
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Werkbund Ausstellung. Die Form [Werkbund Exhibition, The Form]