Books listed here are not on a specific World's Fair but give an
overview of many fairs, or they discuss the impact of these
exhibitions on history, society, architecture, technology, etc. Most have sections devoted to certain ones. Some
address non-world's fairs, as well.
Because some have world's fair information, check listings
on the general subject of Exhibitions.
See the Fairs Book Table of Contents for books generally about Exhibitions or for a Specific Fair.
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________ ALL THE WORLD'S A FAIR: (1984) "Visions of Empire at American Expositions, 1876-1916" By Robert W. Rydell, *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: University of Chicago Press ISBN: 0226732401 Price: $20.00 ________ ARCHITECTURE OF WORLD'S FAIRS 1851 - 1970 (1983 ?) By Wolfgang Friebe. Many photographs show the buildings of past fairs, many with site maps. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ BOOKS OF THE FAIRS (1990) By Robert Rydell. This was part of a Smithsonian project and lists books, manuscripts, and pamphlets in their collection. It covers fairs and expositions from 1834 - 1915. Besides the bibliographical information, Rydell traces the evolution of fairs and discusses their history. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Research Publications U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ A CHECKLIST OF THE ROBERT A. FEER COLLECTION OF WORLD'S FAIRS OF NORTH AMERICA (1976) By ?. This is not a book but just a listing of items held by The Boston Public Library which were donated by Robert Feer. They contain memorabilia, books, photos, etc. from fairs 1853 through 1968. (It's included here strictly as a reference source.) Published By: Boston Public Library ISBN: Price: ________ CHICAGO'S GREAT WORLD'S FAIRS (1995) "Studies in Design and Material Culture" By John E. Findling. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Manchester University Press ISBN: 0719036305 Price: $65.00 ________ EPHEMERAL VISTAS (1988) "The Expositions Universelles, Great Exhibitions and World's Fairs, 1851-1939 " By Paul Greenhalgh. *(Not Reviewed). Published By: Manchester University Press Manchester, England ISBN: 0719022991 Price: Unknown ________ FAIR AMERICA (2000) "World's Fairs in The United States" By Robert Rydell, Kimberly Pelle, and John Findling. (No Further Information) Published By: Smithsonian Institution Press ISBN: 1560983841 Price: $12.76 (U.S. Funds) ________ FAIR REPRESENTATIONS: WORLD'S FAIRS AND THE MODERN WORLD (1994) By Various Authors. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Amsterdam Press ISBN: Price: ________ FRANCE ON DISPLAY (1998) By Shanny Peer. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: State University of New York Press ISBN: 0791437108 Price: $21.95 (U.S. Funds) $65.50 (U.S. Funds) Hardcover ________ THE GREAT AMERICAN FAIR (1984) By Reid Badger. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Nelson hall Publishers Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ THE GREAT EXHIBITIONS (1977) By John Allwood. Discusses over 70 fairs up to Expo 70, with many photos. Lists all fairs with statistical information. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF WORLD'S FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS, 1851 - 1988 (1990) By various authors. This book writes up just about every fair of consequence in the last 150 years. Tables in the appendix list other fairs of lesser consequence, fair officials, fair statistics, and future fairs. *(Highly recommended. An excellent resource/reference for most fairs up until 2000, with the added bonus of short paragraphs on "Fairs That Never Were". The amount of information not readily available is astounding. Added gifts are a short essay on The Bureau of International Expositions and excellent bibliographic listings. If you only have one fairs reference in your library - make it this one!) Published By: ISBN: 0-313-26023-0 Greenwood Press 88 Post Road West Price: $79.50 (U.S. Funds) Westport, Connecticut U.S.A. 06881 ________ HISTORY OF CENTENNIALS, EXPOSITIONS, AND WORLD'S FAIRS (1939) By George Jackson. Discusses mainly American fairs of the 1930s along with fair management. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ HISTORY OF FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS: (1939) "Their Classifications, Functions, and Values" By H. Waters. After a short history, Waters discusses promotion and organization of all types of fairs. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS 1851 - 1900 (1967) By Julia Davis. This has summaries of fairs for the given time span and extensive bibliographies, with an emphasis on Architecture. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: American Association of Architectural Bibliographers ISBN: Price: ________ MEET ME AT THE FAIR (1997) "Country, State, and World's Fairs & Expositions" By Judy Alter. A history of fairs in the United States traces their evolution from small animal exhibitions in the early nineteenth century to modern day events featuring midways, junk food, and famous entertainers. Discussed are The 1893 Columbian Exposition, The 1939 New York World's Fair, and other major exhibitions that served as cultural barometers of their time. Archival photographs, many in colour, accompany the fast-moving text. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Franklin Watts ISBN: Price: $21.00 ________ MEXICO AT THE WORLD'S FAIRS (1996) "Crafting a Modern Nation" By Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo. This details Mexico's participation in world's fairs from 1889 to 1929. Tenorio- Trillo contrasts Mexico's presence at the 1889 Paris fair (where its display was the largest and most expensive Mexico has ever mounted), with Mexico's presence after the 1910 Mexican Revolution at fairs in Rio de Janeiro in 1922 and Seville in 1929. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: $55.00 (U.S. Funds) ________ THE OFFICIAL PRICE GUIDE TO WORLD'S FAIR MEMORABILIA (1989) By Richard Friz. *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ SELECTED LIST OF REFERENCES ON FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS, 1928 - 1939 (1938) By ?. This is bibliographic listings of publications fitting the above title for the given 11-year span. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Division of Biography Library of Congress U.S.A. ISBN: Price: ________ THE SHOWS OF LONDON (1978) By Richard Attik. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Unknown ISBN: 0-674-80731-6 Price: $50.00 (U.S. Funds) ________ WORLD EXHIBITIONS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: (1977) "Pageants of Social and Cultural Change" By Werner Plum. This discusses early exhibitions from a Marxist point of view. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ WORLD OF FAIRS (19 ) By Robert Rydell. (No information.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ WORLD ON DISPLAY (1997) By Eric Breitbart and Edrington Curtus. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: University of New Mexico Press ISBN: 0826317421 Price: $34.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ WORLD'S FAIR (1985) By E. L. Doctorow. *(No Further Information.) Published By: Random House New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: 0394525280 Price: ? A 1996 book of the same title and author is published by NAL/Dutton at $10.95 (U.S. Funds) with an ISBN of 0452275725. ________ WORLD'S FAIR COLLECTIBLES (1998) "Chicago 1933, and New York 1939" By Howard M. Rossen. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Schiffer Publishing ISBN: 0764304607 Price: $29.95 ________ A WORLD'S FAIR FOR THE GLOBAL VILLAGE (1997) By Carl Malamud and Tenzin Gyatso. This book discusses the authors' efforts to place and promote a world-wide Internet fair. Referred to as "The Invisible Fair", this book tells the story behind the website which was called "The Internet World Exposition". It includes two compact discs. `Concert in the Park' is an audio CD containing original music and a series of live field recordings from such noted artists as Ryuichi Sakamoto and Uma Guha. The second disc, a CD-ROM, contains highlights of the fair, including Gary Kasparov's commentary on his chess match with the IBM computer `Deep Blue; and sumo wrestler Konishiki's conversations with children from all over the world. The CD-ROM also contains video interviews with the fair creators, the full guest book with over 5,000 visitor comments, and Carl Malamud's personal e-mail archive with the original documents and mail messages that led up to the first world's fair for the information age. *(Not Reviewed.) A WORLD'S FAIR FOR THE GLOBAL VILLAGE (Continued) Published By: MIT Press Massachusetts, U.S.A. ISBN: 0262133385 Price: $65.00 (U.S. Funds) ________ WORLD'S FAIR MIDWAYS (1966) "An Affectionate Account of American Amusement Areas from The Crystal Palace to the Crystal Ball" By Edo McCullough. This book, part of the "America In Two Centuries" series, traces the history of world exhibitions from the early trade fairs in Europe to the first "official" international exposition in London, England (1851). From there, only American fairs are profiled including those labelled "World's" that are not official fairs but still were very popular and deserve to be mentioned. *(Recommended. This is a pretty good reference book as it devotes a separate chapter to each fair. The views are brief and few pictures are shown but there is good information here. The story of The New York 1964/65 World's Fair is particularly fascinating. There is also a longer chapter devoted to other fairs and exhibitions, and to carnivals & amusement/theme parks. The sub-title is somewhat misleading because it implies amusement PARKS are being covered, and The Crystal Palace was a pavilion at the 1851 London, ENGLAND fair.) WORLD'S FAIR MIDWAYS (Continued) Published By: Ayer Company 1976 Reprint Published By: Arno Press Incorporated New York, New York U.S.A. ISBN: 0-405-07700-9 Price: (Unknown) ________ WORLD'S FAIRS (1998) By Erik Mattie. This 256-page books discusses 27 world's fairs, from 1851 to 2000, through the use of original plans, design studies, and period photographs, programs and postcards. Many lesser-known exhibitions are included, along with over 300 images, 74 in color. *(Not Reviewed) Published By: ISBN: 1568981325 Price: œ45.00 (UK Funds) ________ WORLD'S FAIRS AND EXPOS: (1982) "The Modern Era" By John Hill and Beverly Payne. A resource that lists publications regarding fairs from 1962 - 1982 with planning, construction, traffic, architecture, and residual use, the main emphasis. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: Canberra College of Advanced Education ISBN: Price: ________ WORLD'S FAIRS AND THE END OF PROGRESS (1999) By Alfred Heller. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: World's Fair Incorporated ISBN: 0966562003 Price: $24.95 (U.S. Funds) ________ WORLD'S FAIRS FROM LONDON 1851 TO CHICAGO 1893 (1890) By C. B. Norton. Shows various buildings in the fairs of the given time span and a preview of the 1893 fair. *(Not Reviewed.) Published By: ISBN: Price: ________ WORLD'S FAIRS SINCE 1960: (1983) "A Bibliographic Overview" By Alva and Susan Stewart. This book discusses 7 fairs in the time span of 1962 - 1982. *(No Further Information.) Published By: ISBN: Price:
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