World’s Fair Memorabilia Show is April 18

CHICAGO –The 1933-34 World’s Fair returns to Chicagoland on April 18. That’s when collectors and dealers will meet to buy, sell and trade items related to World’s Fairs from 1876 to the present.

The main focus of this year’s event will be on the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair. There will also be items from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and other Chicago related ephemera. There will be some items from other World’s Fairs including: 1904 St. Louis, 1939-40 New York, 1962 Seattle, 1964-65 New York, Expo ‘67, etc. There will be more than 20 tables of World’s Fair items for sale.

There will also be continuous showings of home movies and newsreels on video from the 1933-34 Chicago: A Century of Progress. There will be a special display of 1933 World’s Fair memorabilia. World’s Fair collectors and fans of the fair are invited to come and relive one of the brightest moments in Chicago’s history. (Two of the stars on Chicago’s flag commemorate the 1893 and 1933-34 Fairs).

The 1933-34 World’s Fair was held during the height of the Depression. The 1933-34 World’s Fair was privately financed and by the time the Fair closed in 1934 it had repaid its bond holders and even made a profit. This profit was donated to area museums. Though there are few traces left in the area where the fair took place – between Roosevelt Road and 39th Street along the lakefront where Northerly Island Park is now located – Rick Rann and Bob Conidi are bringing the fair back to Chicago at this show.

Over 39 million people attended Chicago’s second World’s Fair. The theme “A Century of Progress” referred to the 100-year period from the founding of Chicago in 1833, to the year of the fair, 1933.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the event will be held at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road (Rt. 83 and Landmeier Rd.) in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Admission is $5, or $4 for seniors over the age of 64.

For info contact Rann at 708-442-7907 or PO Box 877, Oak Park, IL 60303 or visit for updates.

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