WORLD'S FAIR MEMORABILIA SHOW, March 27, 2011
Rick Rann has been producing this past blast venue for 17 years. It may be small and of niche market, but if you like History, Deco Streamline Design… or simply want a crash course in World’s Fair Memorabilia, you have to attend this once-a-year event. It's the closest thing to a time capsule you will ever find.
Will there be World’s Fair Exhibitions in our future? It is doubtful. The world and it’s many cultures are now so interconnected via the web and modern media, the concept itself seems virtually antique. And World’s Fair shows such as this one are scarcer than a feather from Sally Rand’s Fan Dance. If Rick didn’t produce this, I’m not sure who could or ever would!
But on Sunday, March 27th, you have one opportunity to get a taste of many World’s Fairs, from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial to Montreal’s “Man & His World Expo” in ’67.
The show’s local focus is, of course, Chicago’s 1933-34 Century of Progress, but the Columbian Exposition is also represented, as is the 1939 New York World’s Fair, 1904 St. Louis, 1962 Seattle and the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
I’ve personally seen significant and mega scarce 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair pieces turn up at this show— Did you know there were competing World’s Fairs on opposite coasts in 1939? Obviously, some people weren’t on speaking terms that year. Big non-speaking terms.
The dealers are very friendly, informative and passionate about what they sell and collect. The prices are generally fair--- the rarities commanding better dollars, as well they should.
Collectors come from across the country to attend this show, especially “paper” people, so don’t dismiss this as some swap-a-collectorama mish-mosh. It is selectively vetted and has a reputation for showing items you will not see anywhere else. Some items are not for sale. Deal with it.
However, I promise your head will explode from the volume of information you will take away from this event. It will also make you realize that today’s modern world was invented many years ago by the people who brought these exhibitions to life.
Visit www.worldsfairshow.com for more info. Admission is $6.00, which is what? Two cups of coffee? Trust me. GO!
Copyright WDMS 2011