world's fair

I've become quite fascinated over the past year with the idea of a World's Fair. Something about technology, advancement, and knowledge coming together for the people of the world - I find it really inspiring. I also find it equally disheartening because there's nothing quite like it anymore - yes there are still some today (there was one that ran this summer in South Korea that looked really interesting), but nothing quite matches the grandeur of the turn of the century expositions! I found the above image a few months ago, I don't remember where it came from.

 Over the weekend we went downtown to the main BPL branch to see a small exhibit going on about Guastavino called Palaces for the People. It's definitely worth seeing if you are in the area. A little while ago they also had a nice exhibit about travel posters, they seem to have a few exhibits a year so it's good to be on the look out for them, they're never disappointing (and they're free!). Plus, it's always good to visit the library!


Belinda said...

There doesn't seem to be that same sense of awe of world fairs since the Internet became so readily available. There was one here in Australia in 1988 and i had friends whose family travelled from all over the country to be there. It was all they talked about for years afterwards. Now, we can see everything while it is still in concept stage online. As great as it is to have everything at your fingertips 24/7, it would be nice to have a bit of mystery.

erica said...

oh man, how is it we never talked about world's fairs and international expos? you know, a large chunk of my research is on the history of world's fairs. i miss the BPL, they always had interesting things on exhibit.

ilana kohn said...

i helped do some minor conservation on the 1964 worlds fair texaco map in queens several years ago! pulling weeds out of the terrazzo...OOF. that said, most definitely something worth preserving, however, and absolutely a shame they don't hold them anymore!

Anonymous said...

Have you read Devil in the White City or At Home? World Fairs are certainly fascinating! At least we still have some of the amazing structures they left behind.