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International Expositions

The department of image collections maintains a large collection of photographs, albums, and postcard booklets from national and international expositions and fairs. Spectacular architecture, displays of technological innovations, both scientific and mechanical, and exhibitions of fine art are documented in these historic images. The collection includes views from the fairs listed below, with features for Philadelphia (1876), Paris (1889), and Paris (1900).

1851, London, Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (Crystal Palace Exhibition)
1853/1854, New York, Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations (New York Crystal Palace Exhibition)  
1855, Paris, Exposition Universelle des Beaux-Arts 
1857, Manchester, Art Treasures Exhibition
1862, London, International Exhibition of 1862 
1864, Philadelphia, Great Central Fair
1867, Paris, Exposition Universelle 
1873, Tours, Exposition Rétrospective des Beaux-arts 
1873, Vienna, Weltausstellung 1873 Wien
1874, Lille, Exposition d'Objets d'Art Religieux
1876, Philadelphia, United States Centennial International Exhibition (more)
1878, Paris, Exposition Universelle 
1880, Turin, Esposizione Retrospettiva
1880/1881, Melbourne, Melbourne International Exhibition
1881, Paris, Exposition Internationale d’Electricité
1882, Marseille, Exposition de la Société des Amis des Arts de Marseille
1883, Amsterdam, Internationale Koloniale en Untvoerhandel Tentoonstellung
1884, Paris, Exposition Manet (Manet memorial exhibition held at the Ecole nationale des beaux-arts)
1885, New Orleans, World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition
1885, Antwerp, Exposition Universelle d’Anvers
1886, Limoges, Exposition Rétrospective
1886, London, Colonial and Indian Exhibition
1889, Paris, Exposition Universelle (more)
1891, Prague, General Land Centennial Exhibition (Jubilee Exhibition)
1891, Moscow, Franco-Russian Exposition
1893, Chicago, World’s Columbian Exposition
1894, Lyon, Exposition Universelle, Internationale et Coloniale
1895, Amsterdam, Exposition Internationale
1900, Paris, Exposition Universelle (more)
1901, Buffalo, Pan-American Exposition
1901, Glasgow, Glasgow International Exposition
1902, Turin, Exposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorativa Moderna
1904, St. Louis, Louisiana Purchase International Exposition
1906, Paris, Exposition de l’Oeuvre de Fantin-Latour, held at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts 
1907, Bordeaux, Exposition Internationale Maritime
1907, Mannheim, Internationale Kunst- und Grosse Gartenbau-Ausstellung
1914, Koln, Deutsche Werkbund-Ausstellung
1915, San Francisco, Panama-Pacific International Exposition
1923, Goteborg, Tercentennial Jubilee Exposition  (Jubileumsutställningens)
1925, Paris, Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes
1926, Philadelphia, Sesquicentennial International Exposition
1927, Mlada Boleslav, Výstava severnich Čech (Exhibition of Northern Bohemia) 
1927, Stuttgart, Werkbund-Ausstellung "Die Wohnung"
1928, Brno, Výstava soudobé kultury v ČSR (Exhibition of Contemporary Culture)
1929/1930, Barcelona, Esposición Internacional de Barcelona
1930, Stockholm, Stockholm Exhibition (Stockholmsutställningen)
1930, Antwerp/Liege, Exposition Internationale Coloniale, Maritime et d'Art Flamand (Antwerp) and Exposition Internationale de la Grande Industrie, Sciences et Applications, Art Wallon Ancien (Liège)
1931, Pardubice, Výstava tělesné výchovy a sportu (Exhibition of Physical Education, Education and Sport)
1931, Paris, Exposition Coloniale Internationale
1933/1934, Chicago, Century of Progress Exposition
1935, Brussels, Exposition Universelle et Internationale
1936/1937, Dallas, Texas Centennial Exposition/Greater Texas & Pan American Exposition
1937, Paris, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (Exposition 1937)
1939/1940, New York, New York World’s Fair
1951, London, Festival of Britain
1958, Brussels, Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles (Expo 1958)
1967, Montreal, Universal and International Exposition of 1967 (Expo 67)

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