WORLD’S FAIR SOUVENIRS and MEMORABILIA

I have collected World’s Fair items for over five decades. I have enjoyed the search, and enjoyed several fairs as well: 1964 New York World’s Fair, and Expo 67. In addition I have explored many sites of previous fairs: 1958 Brussels World’s Fair (and gone up into the Atomium); I have been in the Seattle Space Needle from 1962; of course the Eiffel Tower from 1889 (visited twice, climbing down the last time); Philadelphia fair sites from 1876 and 1926; I viewed state buildings from the 1902 Charleston Fair; toured California fair sites; and, have made two visits (so far) to the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901.

I cannot keep everything – and it is fun to share your treasures with others by passing them onto a new collection with the next conservator. I made a wonderful trip to Buffalo and the former fairgrounds and museums in 2019 – and want to go back, thus for now will keep my 1901 Pan-American items (here are links to that Buffalo Trip — LINK ONE and LINK TWO)

So, starting October, 2021, I will be listing some of my collection, so feel free to contact me, and place an order. Thank you, RAY

1902 – CHARLESTON AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA INTER-STATE AND WEST INDIAN EXPOSITION – WORLD’S FAIR BOOKLET

“AN ILLUSTRATED SOUVENIR OF THE BEAUTIFUL EXPOSITION AND OF HISTORIC PLACES AND PROMINENT FEATURES OF THE CITY.” Softcover souvenir fair booklet measuring about 7 3/4 inches by about 10 3/4 inches with about 68 pages packed with black and white illustrations with descriptions of the fair. PLEASE NOTE – pages are loose from the binding staples. The first eight pages are advertisements. Published by Robert Allan Reid, Publisher.

Cover in “real life” is tad lighter and browner

below image to show the loose centerfold pages

Rear Cover

PRICE – $65

1907 – THE JAMESTOWN EXPOSITION ILLUSTRATED – OFFICIAL SOUVENIR FAIR BOOKLET

Nice softcover photographic booklet measuring about 8 3/4 inches by about 11 inches with about 40 pages of black and white illustrations of this fair. Published by Jamestown Official Photograph Corporation, Robert A. Reid, Director View Book Publications. Many of the state buildings remained after the fair to this day as housing at the Norfolk Naval Base. On a visit in the 1970s or 80s I talked with the Curator of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and sketched out the locations of the remaining buildings. My one page note and sketch along with his business card I will leave with the publication for posterity.

PRICE – $65

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