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World's Fairs: A Global History of Expositions

Ferris Wheel, Midway Plaisance, facsimile watercolor by H.D Nichols

“Ferris wheel, Midway Plaisance,” facsimile watercolor by H.D Nichols, in The book of the fair: an historical and descriptive presentation of the world’s science, art, and industry

World’s Fairs: A Global History of Expositions showcases a diverse range of primary source material to represent the origination and planning of fairs, the experience of visiting them, and the physical, cultural, and political legacies they leave behind. Imperial history, race, and national identity are key themes in content that includes items on Chicago’s 1893 and 1933-1934 fairs drawn from the Newberry’s collection. World’s fairs were also some of the first examples of mass events where millions attended and were entertained by the theaters, performers, and amusement rides that went on to shape popular culture. *Access to this subscription database is available on-site through any of the Newberry’s public computers.*

Publication date 

2016