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.

40ste Jaarbeurs Utrecht 14-23 Maart 1939 [40th Industries Fair Utrecht March 14-23 1939]
Edison Lichtweek, Amsterdam, 21-26 October 1929 [Edison Light Week, Amsterdam, October 21-26, 1929]
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Fairsex Toilet Soap Bar
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Exposition Universelle Internationale 1900 [Universal International Exposition 1900]
Secession April-Mai 9-6
Exposicíon Internacional Barcelona [Barcelona International Exhibition]
Commemorative Liberty Bell Bookend from the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial
Vase: Monart, shape KK
History of Eire: mural study for Irish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, 1939
L'Art Italien XIX-XX siecles [Italian Art of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries]
Commemorative scarf: Glasgow International Exhibition 1901
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Esposizione Universale di Roma [Universal Exposition of Rome]