Despite it feeling like I am cutting off my right arm, I have just started listing for sale some of my large stock of World’s Fair and Exposition items. Not sure what it is about this mainly paper based stuff, but perhaps it is because two of the main periods span the Art Deco and Art Nouveau design movements, giving some wonderful graphics to even the most mundane ticket or leaflet.
I have been sorting through and have found items as diverse as a match book sized view book for the Paris Exposition of 1878 (this item sponsored by Lavery & Co, a wine merchant) and a free sample tea bag from the Brazilian Pavilion at the 1939 Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco.
Some of the items date from the early exhibitions (or Expositions as some are called) of London and Paris, but I also have some fascinating items from up to the late 1990s with all sorts in between. Canada seemed to go through a phase from the late 1960s of hosting Expos (Expo 67 is the first I have from there) and I will try to show some items from there in a separate post.
Below are just a few of the items I have started to list for sale, with a very nice ticket from the 1901 Buffalo Exposition already attracting quite a lot of interest. Also shown is a leaflet for the Frigidaire Air Conditioned house (Chicago 1934 Century of Progress Expo), Firestone booklet on the making of Tyres (or Tires if you are from the USA), a lovely old 1893 recipe book (Walter Baker & Co. Mills exhibit from World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago, the book is actually called Choice Receipts!) and a nice 3D book of views with glasses from the 1933/34 Century of Progress expo again.
A really interesting and varied lot to look at, and that is without all the hundreds of tickets I have for all of the expos – from a 1960s New York Worlds Fair Truck entry permit to admission tickets for 1901 Buffalo and 1907 Jamestown expositions, and automobile (and chauffeur) passes to events at the 1915 San Francisco Pan American expo. Items are for sale in my Reynard Collectables ebay shop here.