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.

Below the Perisphere (New York World's Fair)
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Design for promotional materials for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
Indian Court Federal Building, Golden Gate International Exposition
Allgemeine Ausstellung Deutscher Industrie Und Gewerbs Erzeugnisse Munchen 1854 [General Exhibition for German industrial and commercial products, Munchen, 1854]
Werkbund Ausstellung. Die Form [Werkbund Exhibition, The Form]
Goblet: Embassy 4900 Line
Foiro de Paris
Crociera Aerea del Decennale 1933-XI [Decennial of Long-Distance Flight 1933 -XI]
Wineglass: Embassy 4900 Line
Study for the illumination of the Eiffel Tower for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques
Champagne glass: Embassy 4900 Line
World's Fair - Chicago 1833 A Century of Progress 1933
Buttresses of the Transportation Building, 1933 Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago