Coaster Enthusiasts of Canada

BOOKS
on the
GENERAL SUBJECT
of
WORLD'S FAIRS


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.



THE FOLLOWING MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED
WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR ©


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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






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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:
        

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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:





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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:


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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









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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





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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)








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FAIR REPRESENTATIONS: WORLD'S FAIRS AND THE MODERN WORLD (1994)

        By Various Authors. *(Not Reviewed.)

Published By:
        Amsterdam Press

ISBN:   

Price:  










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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









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THE GREAT AMERICAN FAIR (1984)

        By Reid Badger. *(Not Reviewed.)

Published By:
        Nelson hall Publishers
        Chicago, Illinois
        U.S.A.

ISBN:

Price:








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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:


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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
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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:
        

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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:


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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:







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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

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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)


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THE OFFICIAL PRICE GUIDE TO WORLD'S FAIR MEMORABILIA  (1989)

        By Richard Friz. *(No Further Information.)

Published By:
        

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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:






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THE SHOWS OF LONDON (1978)

       By Richard Attik. *(Not Reviewed.)


Published By:
       Unknown


ISBN:  0-674-80731-6


Price: $50.00 (U.S. Funds) 







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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:
        

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WORLD OF FAIRS  (19  )

	By Robert Rydell. (No information.)


Published By:
        

ISBN:

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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)










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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.





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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









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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)







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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)






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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:	45.00 (UK Funds)


  



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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:





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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)










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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:


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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:
        

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