The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection is now available at the Maryland Room, 1st floor Hornbake Library. To celebrate, we are featuring four blog posts about World’s Fair history and the collection. Read the previous post here.

Part 4 of 4

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection has recently been expanded to include items from more recent fairs, so the collection includes items from 1851 to 2010. Our holdings are strongest for

  • the 1851 Great Exhibition held in London
Dismantling by Thos. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield & London. Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England). Paxton, Joseph, Sir, 1803-1865. Photographs: black and white,

Dismantling by Thos. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield & London. Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England). Paxton, Joseph, Sir, 1803-1865. Photographs: black and white,

  • the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition held in Philadelphia
Printing for the Centennial. Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.). Times Printing House (Philadelphia, Pa.). Trade cards: color; 6.9 x 14.2 cm.

Printing for the Centennial. Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.). Times Printing House (Philadelphia, Pa.). Trade cards: color; 6.9 x 14.2 cm.

  • the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago
Children's admission ticket, World's Columbian Exposition, 1893. World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.). Ticket.

Children’s admission ticket, World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893. World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.). Ticket.

  • the 1904 Louisiana Purchase International Exposition held in St. Louis
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.). Photomechanical prints: black and white.

Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.). Photomechanical prints: black and white.

  • the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco
Prado, north side. Panama-California Exposition (1915 : San Diego, Calif.). Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. Postcards.

Prado, north side. Panama-California Exposition (1915 : San Diego, Calif.). Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. Postcards.

  •  the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fairs

Visit the recently expanded finding aid for the World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection and A Treasury of World’s Fair Art & Architecture digital archive for more information.

Article by A. Moore, Historic Preservation Graduate Assistant.

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection is now available at the Maryland Room, 1st floor Hornbake Library. To celebrate, we are featuring four blog posts about World’s Fair history and the collection. Read the first post here.

Part 2 of 4

Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.). R. Magee & Son (Philadelphia, Pa.). Reproductions, Cards; 10.2 x 14.1 cm.

Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.). R. Magee & Son (Philadelphia, Pa.). Reproductions, Cards; 10.2 x 14.1 cm.

The 1852 London exposition set the precedent for the many international exhibitions or world’s fairs that have continued to be held to the present time. The character and focus of world expositions has evolved to keep up with the changing times, but they have always allowed people to experience ways of life outside their normal way of living.

Admission ticket, Abraham Lincon, World's Columbian Exposition, 1893.

Admission ticket, Abraham Lincon, World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893.

The fairs introduced the world to new scientific advancements and new inventions such as the Ferris wheel, telephone, zipper, Cracker Jacks, x-ray, fax machines and television. The world’s fairs also gave us some of the world’s most notable landmarks and buildings such as the Crystal Palace, the Eiffel Tower and the Space Needle.

Visit the recently expanded finding aid for the World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection and A Treasury of World’s Fair Art & Architecture digital archive for more information.

Article by A. Moore, Historic Preservation Graduate Assistant.

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection

The World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection is now available at the Maryland Room, 1st floor Hornbake Library. To celebrate, we are featuring four blog posts about World’s Fair history and the collection.

Part 1 of 4

Crystal Palace, 1853-54

Crystal Palace, New York Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (1853-1854). Carstensen, Georg, 1812-1857. Periodical Illustrations: monochrome.

Before the internet, World’s Fairs gave people the chance to explore the world outside their everyday experience. People from all over the world flocked to the fairs to see the monumental architecture and exotic landscapes and to experience different cultures, international foods and new inventions. For a brief amount of time, cities would transform their everyday setting into places of magic and entertainment.

Festival Hall

Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.). Photomechanical prints: black and white; 23.5 x 18.5 cm.

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, held in 1851 in London’s Hyde Park, is known as the first international exposition. The Great Exhibition was organized by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, to celebrate modern industrial technology and design. It became a platform for countries from around the world to display their achievements.

Crystal Palace 1851

Crystal Palace, Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England). Paxton, Joseph, Sir, 1803-1865. Gelatin silver print: black and white.

Visit the recently expanded finding aid for the World’s Fair Ephemeral and Graphic Material Collection and A Treasury of World’s Fair Art & Architecture digital archive for more information.

Article by A. Moore, Historic Preservation Graduate Assistant.

World’s Fair Collection Now in Hornbake

An important collection has moved across campus and is now available at the Maryland Room, in Hornbake Library’s Special Collections. You can visit us anytime during our open hours to learn more about the history of the World’s Fair. If you want to take a look before you visit, you can browse the digital version of the collection. Below is a description of what can be found in this collection.

The World’s Fair Collection contains nearly 1,700 non-book items including photographs, stereographs, prints, illustrations, scrapbooks, sheet music, periodicals, maps, pamphlets, and memorabilia, as well as many artifacts, such as trade cards, tickets, exhibitor entry forms, postcards, menus, souvenir ribbons and scarves, and a stereograph viewer.

Represented fairs range from the 1851 London exhibition through the present, although the collection’s holdings are strongest for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial exhibition, the 1893 Chicago Exposition, the U.S. fairs (as a whole), and Paris fairs (as a group).

The World’s Fair Collection also includes numerous books on international expositions. Its holdings are strongest for the fairs held in Paris (as a group), the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851, and the Chicago World Columbian Exposition of 1893.

Crystal Palace, North Transept, London 1851