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A Century of Progress International Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, was held in the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States, from 1933 to 1934. It was the second world's fair hosted by Chicago. The fair was a showcase for modern living, consumerism and entertainment and aimed to counter the effects of the Great Depression by encouraging hope for the future.
The theme of the 1964 World's Fair in New York City was "Peace Through Understanding". The Fair aimed to capture the futuristic optimism of postwar 20th century America. The Fair was one of the most theatrical displays of American capitalism featuring over 140 pavilions and 110 restaurants, representing 80 nations.
The Collection of World's Fair ephemera comprises materials from both the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and the 1964 fair held in New York. Materials from the 1964 fair include: maps and pamphlets; and from the 1933 fair a walnut shell with a miniature printed brochure of the buildings and exhibits.
Gift of Prof. Andé Dombrowski and students of the curatorial seminar on World's Fairs fall 2017, History of Art, 2019.
Accessioned as 2019.000589. Samantha Dodd processed, wrote and encoded the finding aid, 2023.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Samantha Dodd
- Finding Aid Date
- 2023 August 2
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
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