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This collection contains a larger number of items relating to the World’s Fair, including advertisements, trading cards, and architectural images.
World’s fairs are large public exhibitions of items that can vary, depending on where the fair is held. The fair originated in France during the mid-nineteenth century and spread to other countries as time went on. The first era of the World’s Fair was known as the Industrial Era (1851 - 1938) and showcased new inventions made during this time period, such as the telephone. During this time, the World’s Fair took place in multiple cities around the world, including cities within the United States: New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Buffalo, St. Louis, and San Francisco.