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detail of Philadelphia, United States Centennial International Exhibition, 1876   detail of Paris, Exposition Universelle, 1899   detail of Paris, Exposition Universelle, 1900   detail of Industrial Hall Glasgow International Exhibition, 1901   Dôme Central and Fontaine Monumentale

Photographs of International Expositions

The Photographic Archives maintains a large collection of photographs, albums, and postcard booklets from various international expositions. Spectacular architecture, displays of technological innovations, both scientific and mechanical, and exhibitions of fine art are documented by these historic images. The Photographic Archives collection includes views of the fairs listed below, with sample images for Philadelphia 1876, Paris 1889, Paris 1900, and Glasgow 1901.

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

1867, Paris, Exposition Universelle

1873, Vienna, Weltausstellung 1873 Wien

1876, Philadelphia, United States Centennial International Exhibition

1878, Paris, Exposition Universelle

1880/1881, Melbourne, Melbourne International Exhibition

1885, Antwerp, Exposition Universelle d’Anvers

1889, Paris, Exposition Universelle

1891, Prague, Jubilee Exhibition

1893, Chicago, World’s Columbian Exposition

1900, Paris, Exposition Universelle

1901, Buffalo, Pan-American Exposition

1901, Glasgow, Glasgow International Exposition

1902, Turin, Exposizione Internazionale d’Arte Decorativa Moderna

1915, San Francisco, Panama-Pacific International Exposition

1925, Paris, Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes

1926, Philadelphia, Sesquicentennial International Exposition

1929/1930, Barcelona, Exposicion Internacional de Barcelona

1930, Antwerp, Exposition International Coloniale, Maritime et d’Art Flammand

1931, Paris, Exposition Coloniale Internationale

1933/1934, Chicago, Century of Progress Exposition

1935, Brussels, Exposition Universelle et Internationale

1937, Dallas, Texas Centennial Exposition

1937, Paris, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (Expo 1937)

1939/1940, New York, New York World’s Fair

1958, Brussels, Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles (Expo 1958)

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