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Image for Billy Rose's Aquacade New York World's Fair 1940

Billy Rose's Aquacade New York World's Fair 1940

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: The Gruen Watch Co.: 1940

Seller ID: 0102


Wow -- what a graphic! I'd have picked it up just for that, but it's also a souvenir from the 1940 World's Fair. Billy Rose's Aquacade was a glamorous show featuring gorgeous people, both men and women -- sort of a Ziegfield follies in water, though he referred to it as a water ballet. The funny part is that Rose endorsed his ads. The one I like best says (in Rose's own words), "Just taste one -- you'll see why I'm proud to have SPAMWICHES served at the Aquacade." Now ... View more info

Image for Official Pictures of a Century of Progress Exposition 1933

Official Pictures of a Century of Progress Exposition 1933

By: N/A

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, Reuben H. Donnelly Corporation: 1933

Seller ID: 0234

Condition: Fine


This is perhaps the most common of the printed souvenirs from the 1933 World's Fair, but it's certainly a handsome one and this example is in excellent condition. It measures 7"x10" and has fabulous full page black and white photographs with captions. This is all about the visuals and the visuals are indeed awesome! View more info

Image for Firestone Builds Today the Tire of Tomorrow New York World's Fair 1939

Firestone Builds Today the Tire of Tomorrow New York World's Fair 1939

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Akron, Ohio, Firestone Tire & Rubber Company: 1939

Seller ID: 1336

Condition: Very good


Very nice little booklet produced by Firestone for distribution at the 1939 World's Fair where the company showed off its wares with five murals, a rotunda of wooden columns, dioramas, numerous displays in the Products Hall, and a theatre-like look at the Factory of the Future. Many products pictured and much additional info and photography in 49counted pages. Measures 5"x6-1/2". View more info

Image for World's Fair Chicago 1934 How Firestone High Speed Tires Are Made

World's Fair Chicago 1934 How Firestone High Speed Tires Are Made

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Akron, Ohio, Firestone Tire & R=ubber Company: 1931

Edition: World's Fair Edition

Seller ID: 1518

Condition: Near fine


Crisp clean booklet with just a few tiny isolated spots of edge wear. Paper is amazingly supple. Booklet measures 5"x8" and has 32 counted pages. Many photographs printed with a saturation of ink -- very handsome. Booklet advertises not just the tires though -- there's also batteries, spark plugs, tire rims, break lining. cushion connectors and flexible couplings, garden hose, industrial flooring -- and even boots. Interesting and well designed. View more info

Image for World's Columbian Exposition Ticket Expressly for Chicago Day Oct. 9th 1893

World's Columbian Exposition Ticket Expressly for Chicago Day Oct. 9th 1893

By: N/A

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Chicago, World's Columbian Exposition: 1893

Seller ID: 1540

Condition: Fine condition


Paper is crisp and clean and shows a nice graphic. Each day of the fair there was a different ticket -- for Children's Day, for Half Price Day etc. This one is for Chicago Day which was October 9, 1893. The ticket measures 2"x4" and shows a graphic of Fort Dearborn with the date 1833 on the reverse side. Ticket is discounted due to loss of stub. View more info

Image for Sealtest Kitchen Recipes World's Fair Edition (1939)

Sealtest Kitchen Recipes World's Fair Edition (1939)

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York / Akron, Ohio, Sealtest: 1939

Edition: world's Fair Edition

Seller ID: 1590

Condition: Fine condition


This one has been so carefully preserved it looks almost brand new. No defect of note. Those of a certain age who are from Akron (like me!) remember well the Sealtest brand. The booklet was published in this edition to reach the crowds who thronged to the 1939 World's Fair in New York. The booklet measures 6" x 7-1/2" and has 96 pages of recipes from the Sealtest Kitchens. It's illustrated in throguhout with both color and black and white photographs. Interesting how foo... View more info

Image for Snap Shots Of The St. Louis Exposition 1904

Snap Shots Of The St. Louis Exposition 1904

By: N/A

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Chicago, The White City Art Company: 1904

Seller ID: 1614

Condition: Very Good


Booklet is very handsome. Green paper cover with raised gilt printing to title. Only fault is some light fading around the edges of the front cover. The pages ire snow white with no names or wriitng and no foxing or creasing. Scenes are very attractive and staged more dramatically and artistically than the usual exposition photogrpaphy. Booklet measures 7" x 9" and is bound with cord. Pages are not numbered, but I counted 40. All are captioned. View more info

Image for Print: The Art Palace Columbian Exposition (1893)

Print: The Art Palace Columbian Exposition (1893)

By: N/A

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicgo, Jones Brothers Publishing Company: 1893

Seller ID: 1873

Condition: Very Good Condition


Very handsome print, one of a portfolio of various scenes from the Chicago Exposition. This one shows the exterior of the Art Palace which is explained at reverse side. The main building was 320x500 feet, plus there were two annexes each 120x200 feet. The building housed 74 galleries and cost $735,811 to build. The south front, which is this view, faces the Lagoon. Print is clean and attractive and measures 8-1/2" tall and 12" wide. View more info

Image for Print Chicago Exposition 1893 The Golden Door

Print Chicago Exposition 1893 The Golden Door

By: N/A

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Jones Brothers Publishing Co.: 1893

Seller ID: 2021

Condition: Very good


Very handsome print, one of a portfolio of various scenes from the Chicago Exposition. This one depicts the Transportation Exhibit's famous Golden Door. The print is explained on the reverse side. The reason it was such a big hit is that a single arch, appeared to be several retreating ones. it was also embellished with carvings, bas reliefs, and mural paintings. The print with margins measures 8-/2" x 12" with the image measuring 6" x 9" Very clean and nice with a flat... View more info

Image for New York World's Fair Views 1939

New York World's Fair Views 1939

By: N/A

Price: $16.95

Publisher: Long Island City, New York, Quality Art Novelty Company Inc.: 1939

Seller ID: 2248

Condition: Very Good


The 1939 New York World's Fair must have been a sight to see judging by the photos in this oversized souvenir booklet. It's a big one at 9-1/2" x 12" with a total of 48 pages. This one is not about prose -- it's a picture book showing off all the wonders. The good part is it's printed on quality coated paper so the black and white photographs look great. Faults are few, but there is a diagonal crease to the upper front corner, but it shows predominately on the reverse si... View more info

Image for Great Lakes Exposition Official Souvenir Guide, Cleveland 1936

Great Lakes Exposition Official Souvenir Guide, Cleveland 1936

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio, The Great Lakes Exhibition Corporation: 1936

Seller ID: 2265

Condition: Near fine condition


The Great Lakes Exposition was a huge event and a huge success, as it brought fun and hope to people still struggling with the realities of the Great Depression. In fact, it was SO exciting they held it again in 1937. One of the quirkiest facts about the exposition was the disappearance of the giant book fair-goers were asked to sign. To this day no one knows what happened to it. The guide book is very clean and nice, and tightly bound with its wire spiral binding. I had... View more info

Image for International Exhibition 1876 Official Catalogue Part II Art Gallery, Annexes and Outdoor Works of Art (PhiladelphiaP

International Exhibition 1876 Official Catalogue Part II Art Gallery, Annexes and Outdoor Works of Art (PhiladelphiaP

By: N/A

Price: $28.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, John R. Nagle & Company: 1876

Seller ID: 2325

Condition: Very Good condition


Many items from the later expositions are falling out of stuffed closets these days, but the 1876 Philadelphia fair remains a bit more unique. This catalogue is devoted in its entirety to art with information on exhibitors from the United States (of course), Canada, Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. Among the mediums are oil paintings, sculpture, watercolor, drawings, architectura... View more info

Image for Postcard Entire Façade Consolidated Edison Building 1940 World's Fair

Postcard Entire Façade Consolidated Edison Building 1940 World's Fair

By: N/A

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Not listed, No Publisher Listed: 1940

Seller ID: 2364

Condition: Fine condition


Crisp, beautiful postcard in full color showing the entire façade of the Consolidated Edison building at the 1940's New York World's Fair. What you see against the building is a 9000 square foot sheet of water which rose to 42 feet in the air by individual fountains. To add to the beauty were color and light. The Consolidated Edison was the venue for the spectacular diorama "The City of Light." Card has not been used and is bright and clean with no defect of note. Will ... View more info

Image for Postcards City of Light 1940 New York World's Fair

Postcards City of Light 1940 New York World's Fair

By: N/A

Price: $16.00

Publisher: Unknown location, No publisher listed: 1940

Seller ID: 2365

Condition: Very condition


Beautiful cards, unused, clean and bright. Both scenes depict the diorama of the 1940 City of Light which was located inside the Consolidated Edison building. The one without building lights states "A penciled radiance etches a golden pattern on the mist .." It's a vision of early dawn. Yhe brightly lit card says at the top "Night Falls, but not in the City of Light." The diorama was the largest in the world and as such covered New York from Coney Island to Westchester ... View more info

Image for Official World's Fair Weekly Century of Progress Chicago, 1933

Official World's Fair Weekly Century of Progress Chicago, 1933

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: chicago, A Century of Progress Internatioanl Exhibition: 1933

Edition: Vol. I, No. 8

Seller ID: 2853

Condition: Very condition


From May to October 1933 the entity overseeing the Chicago World's Fair published a full-out magazine with stories about the exhibits and information on what to do each day. The highlights for this week, the fourth, went on until June 24th. The big event was the Zoo of Dragons. I took a picture of both the ad and the opening pages of the story itself -- quite an endeavor! Other stories include a convention bringing together scientists from all over the world; the exhibi... View more info

Image for Visitors Guide  to the Centennial Exhibition and Philadelphia 1876

Visitors Guide to the Centennial Exhibition and Philadelphia 1876

By: N/A

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Philadelphia, J.R. Lippincott & Co.: 1876

Seller ID: 2943

Condition: Good condition


Small hard cover vistors' guide which sports two large maps -- one in black and white of 1876 Philadelphia and the other a colorful panorama of the grounds of the exhibition. Both maps are good sized -- see photo of the fairgrounds map in full color below. What I love about this particular book is the inscription written by the owner who actually went to see the spectacle. In pencil she wrote, "Mother and Grace visited the exposition in July, 1876. Keep it 'til 1976!" Th... View more info

Image for Californie Illustration Pour L'Exposition De Paris 1900. California Paris Exposition.

Californie Illustration Pour L'Exposition De Paris 1900. California Paris Exposition.

By: N/A

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Calfornia / Paris, California Paris Exposition Commission: 1900

Seller ID: 2969

Condition: Good condition


This is such a seldom seen and beautiful booklet it's amazing that someone kept it only to let it incur defects. I never like to buy items with problems, but this one called for a rescue mission. The biggest problem when I first got it was the cloth spine strip which was completely missing on the front and the spine, but somehow remained on the back. I used a heavy brown book tape, but only on the naked parts -- if you look at the back cover you'll see the original clot... View more info

Image for Glimpses of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and City of St. Louis. 1904

Glimpses of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and City of St. Louis. 1904

By: N/A

Price: $55.00

Publisher: Chicago, Laird and Lee Publishers: 1904

Seller ID: 4000

Condition: Good condition


This souvenir book commemorates the Lousiana Exposition of 1904 with two hundred photos including 32 colorgraph views and 188 copperplate scenes. Every picture is full page with descriptions beneath. The book measures 5-1/2" x 6-3/4" and has clean and tightly bound pages. I cleaned the blue boards and improved them quite a bit, but there's still some small areas of stubborn soil. The original owner's name, F.J. Hall 1904, written with abandon on the title page. There is ... View more info

Image for The U.S.S.R. As A World Economic Power (1939 U.S. World's Fair Russian Pavillion)

The U.S.S.R. As A World Economic Power (1939 U.S. World's Fair Russian Pavillion)

By: Academician E. Varga

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Moscow, Foreign Language Publishing House: 1939

Seller ID: 1365

Condition: Very good


This small pamphlet is one of a large collection prepared for, and sold individually at, the U.S.S.R. Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair. I have never been able to determine for sure how many pamphlets make up the entire set, but I currently have 19 and have records of an additional 21. They are priced according to subject matter and availability. All measure 4-1/2"x5-3/4". This one has 22 pages and was written by the Director of the Institute of World Economics and Polit... View more info

Image for A Century of Progress Exposition Official View Book (1933)

A Century of Progress Exposition Official View Book (1933)

By: Albert, Allen D.

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Chicago, The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation: 1933

Seller ID: 3946

Condition: Fine condition


I almost always have one of these, but never have I had one as nice as this. It was wrapped in white paper and plastic before storage by former owner. Photographs are nice, but I love the art of this one -- beautiful colors and so much detail you can look at it again and again and see something new. You can visit the Esplanade of Flags, a Chinese Lama Temple, the Japanese Pavilion, the Hall of Science, the Hall of Religions, the Hall of General Exhibits, the Sky Ride an... View more info