International Expositions or World Fairs Photos

International Expositions or World Fairs are occasional short-term gatherings of nations under specific themes where advances or major milestones of mankind are celebrated (marked). Given that these major expos are time-limited, displays and the buildings are usually destroyed or change purpose after the fair. This index is a look at artifacts & architecture from the fairs (Legacy). Not all past fairs are indexed & some of those included were not official world's fairs. Some of the photos were taken at these fairs & are presented as historical records. All photos are original by Jim Steinhart.

Click subject to see all photos in category. F11 to view website full screen.
1851 London
Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.

Model for future fairs.
Inspiration of Prince Albert.
Crystal Palace exhibition ceramic jar lid (1851) Brass & copper inkwell souvenir of Great Exhibition (1851) by Elkington & Co. of Birmingham, England
1855 Paris Exposition Universelle des produits de l'Agriculture, de l'Industrie et des Beaux-Arts (1st)
Held on Champs-Élysées under reign of Emperor Napoleon III.
Joan of Arc at coronation of King Charles VII in Reims Cathedral (1429) painting (1851-4) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (shown Paris Expo 1855). Punch card loom (1728) by Jean Philippe Falcon (shown as scale model Paris Expo 1855).
1867 Paris Exposition Universelle (2nd)
Held on Champs de Mars under reign of Emperor Napoleon III.
La Rue Montorgueil, à Paris, fête du 30 juin 1878 painting (1878) by Claude Monet (shows celebration for Exposition Universelle of 1867). French Baccarat punch bowl (1867) displayed at Paris World's Fair of 1867.
1876 Philadelphia
Centennial Exposition.

Marked: American Revolution of 1776.
159 days, 284 acres, 9,789,392 visitors.
Shield used on NH building at 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition Independence poster from 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition
1878 Paris Exposition Universelle (3rd)
Held on Champs de Mars.
Legacy: Palais du Trocadéro, Statue of Liberty.
Cybele cup by Sèvres given a prize in agriculture for Paris Expo 1878. Carp vase by Emile Galle of Nancy (shown Paris Expo 1878) at Museum of Decorative Arts.
1884 New Orleans World's Industrial & Cotton Centennial Exhibition
Marked: Louisiana Purchase of 1804.
Legacy: Site now Audubon Park & Zoo.
Cotton is King souvenir at Cabildo Museum, New Orleans, LA
1884 Louisville Southern Exposition
First electric lighted expo.
Louisville Southern Exposition poster. Louisville, KY Louisville Southern Exposition poster. Louisville, KY
1888 Barcelona Universal Exposition in Ciutadella Park
plus Columbus Monument, at Old Port end of Ramblas in Barcelona
Tower of Castle of Three Dragons built for 1888 Universal Exposition (until 2010 Museum of Zoology), Barcelona, Spain Barcelona's Arc de Triomphe built for 1888 Universal Exposition. Barcelona, Spain
1889 Paris Exposition Universelle (4th)
100th anniversary of fall of Bastille
179 days, 237 acres, 28,000,000 visitors.
Legacy: Eiffel Tower.
Cody rides under Eiffel Tower Cody rides under Eiffel Tower
1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition
Marked: Christopher Columbus landing in Americas (1493).
183 days, 716 acres, 27,529,400 visitors.
White City of Beaux Arts architecture, Ferris Wheel, AC Electricity.
Legacy: Museum of Science & Industry.
Authentic World's Columbian Exposition Album at Columbus Museum, Columbus, WI Chicago Museum of Science & Industry built for World's Columbian Exposition
1898 Omaha Trans Mississippi & International Exposition.
180 acres, 2,600,000 visitors.
Glass jar from Omaha Exposition of 1898 at Stuhr Museum, Grand Island, NE
1900 Paris Exposition Universelle (5th)
Legacy: Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Quai D'Orsay Gare, Art Nouveau era.
Gilded pillar of Alexandre III bridge. Paris Grand Palais
1901 Buffalo Pan American Exposition.
185 days, 342 acres, 8,120,000 visitors.
Legacy: History & Art Museums & Park.
Poster with aerial view of 1901 Pan American Exhibition including central 400 foot electric tower. Buffalo, NY Historical Society Museum in former New York Pavilion of 1901 Pan American Exhibition. Buffalo, NY
1904 St Louis World's Fair.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

Marked: Louisiana Purchase of 1804.
215 days, 1,272 acres, 18,317,457 visits.
Legacy: Art Museum & Park.
St. Louis World's Fair Art Nouveau poster by Alphonse Mucha issued by French government at Missouri History Museum. St Louis, MO Palace of Fine Arts for St. Louis World's Fair now Art Museum. St Louis, MO
1907 Jamestown Exposition
at Sewell's Point, VA
Marked: Virginia Colony of 1607
Legacy: land now part of Naval Station Norfolk.
Pennsylvania House replicates Independence Hall for 1907 Jamestown Exposition now used by Naval Station Norfolk. Norfolk, VA Jamestown Exposition souvenir John Smith & Pocahontas plate at Hampton Roads Naval Museum. Norfolk, VA
1909 Seattle Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
Marked: Klondike gold rush of 1897-8.
Legacy: Elements of University of Washington, Seattle campus.
University of Washington campus fountain was originally Geyser Basin for Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, WA Statue of George Washington on University of Washington installed for Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, WA
1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exposition.
Marked: Panama Canal opening (1914) & recovery of city from 1906 earthquake.
Legacy: Palace of Fine Arts (rebuilt 1960s).
Official miniature view book of the Panama Pacific International Exposition of San Francisco displayed in California State Capitol. Sacramento, CA Palace of Fine Arts built for Panama-Pacific Exposition & rebuilt in 1962. San Francisco, CA
1915 San Diego Panama-California Exposition.
Marked: Panama Canal opening (1914).
Legacy: Balboa Park.
California building / Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Figures from California history on facade of Museum of Man building in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition
Legacy: Poble Espanyol
Palau Nacional / Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Mies van der Rohe German National Pavilion
Olympic Stadium &
other structures on Montjuïc Hill
Plaça d'Espanya with exposition buildings, columns, fountain & Venetian towers. Barcelona, Spain Magic Fountain light show. Barcelona, Spain
1933 Chicago Century of Progress No Photos
1935 San Diego California Pacific International Exposition.
Legacy: Balboa Park.
Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Mayan-style Federal Building in Balboa Park now San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, San Diego, CA
1937 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne
Legacy: Palais de Chaillot, Palais de Tokyo, Guernica.
Eiffel Tower between German & USSR pavilions at Expo 1937 Guernica by Pablo Picasso
1939 San Francisco Golden Gate International Exposition
Marked: opening of Golden Gate & Bay Bridges.
Legacy: Treasure Island.
Treasure Island, San Fancisco, CA
1939 New York World's Fair
in Flushing Meadows
Marked: Sesquicentennial of Washington's Inauguration (1889)
Symbol: Trylon & Perisphere.
Perisphere & Trylon plastic model from 1939 World's Fair at Kirkland Museum. Denver, CO
1958 Brussels World's Fair
Legacy: Atomium
No Photos
1962 Seattle Century 21 Exposition
Legacy: Space Needle, Seattle Monorail, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Center
Pacific Science Center & Key Arena built for Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, WA Space Needle built for Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, WA
Pacific Science Center with Space Needle from Seattle World's Fair, Seattle, WA Alweg Monorail built for Seattle World's Fair
Historic photos of Seattle World's Fair (1962) Gull-wing bubble doors of General Motors Firebird III at World of Tomorrow in Washington State Coliseum at Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, WA Model of Nimbus satellite in Federal Science Pavilion at Century 21 Exposition, Seattle, WA
1964 New York World's Fair
in Flushing Meadows.
Unisphere at Flushing Meadows World's Fair site. Brooklyn, NY. SC Johnson Golden Rondelle was SC Johnson Pavilion at New York World's Fair now in Racine, WI
1967 Montreal Man & His World
Legacy: Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, Buckminster Fuller's American pavilion, & French pavilion (now Montreal Casino).
Geodesic dome of United States Pavilion with socialist realism hammer & sickle sculpture beside USSR Pavilion at Expo 67. Montreal, QC. Canadian Pavilion with orange People Tree & Katimavik inverted pyramid at Expo 67. Montreal, QC.
1968 San Antonio HemisFair or Fair of the Americas
Legacy: Tower of the Americas, Wood U.S. Courthouse former USA pavilion, Institute of Texan Cultures, & Convention Center.
Tower of the Americas observation pod in HemisFair Park, San Antonio, TX U.S. Courthouse in HemisFair Park, San Antonio, TX
1970 Osaka Progress & Harmony for Mankind
Legacy: Festival Place roof structure by Kenzo Tange, Tower of the Sun by Tarô Okamoto, former international art museum pavilion by Kiyoshi Kawasaki
No Photos
1974 Spokane Celebrating Tomorrow's Fresh New Environment
Legacy: Washington State Pavilion now the Spokane Convention Center & Opera House
Giant kids wagon sculpture The Childhood Express by Ken Spiering at former Expo '74 site, Spokane, WA Former Spokane World Exposition site including theme tower, Spokane, WA
1982 Knoxville
Legacy: Sunsphere
Sunsphere theme tower of 1982 World's Exposition, Knoxville, TN
1984 New Orleans
Louisiana World Exposition

Theme: World of Rivers - Fresh Waters as a Source of Life
Legacy: Riverwalk Marketplace, Morial Convention Center
Sign for Riverwalk Marketplace built for 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA Ernest N. Morial Convention Center extended for 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA
1985 Tsukuba
Theme: Dwellings & Surroundings - Science & Technology for Man at Home.
Overview of Expo 85 pavilions with curving pavement. Tsukuba, Japan. Light collection system for use as highrise internal illumination at Expo 85. Tsukuba, Japan.
1986 Vancouver
World in Motion - World in Touch

Legacy: Cruise Dock, Science Center, Casino, Stadium, Skytrains.
Teflon-coated fiberglass sails of Canada Place, Vancouver, BC Geodesic dome of Telus World of Science built as Expo Centre for Expo 86, Vancouver, BC
1998 Lisbon
The Oceans, A Heritage for the Future.
Marked:500th anniversary of Vasco de Gama's discovery of sea route to India.
Legacy: Oceans Pavilion Aquarium & other buildings.
(In Prep)

See Also:

All photos on this page are originals by & copyrighted by Jim Steinhart.
All rights reserved. Permission required to use.