Today in History: Expo in Brussels opens in 1958

Today in History: Expo in Brussels opens in 1958

Belgian King Baudouin I opened the first World’s Fair after the Second World War in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibit’s main themes were innovations in aerospace and nuclear energy. The Expo 1958 was attended by approx. 41 million people. Symbol of the fair was the “Atomium,” a 102 meter (335 ft.) model of an iron molecule. The Soviet Union introduced a model of the first Soviet satellite, a facsimile of Sputnik, which was regarded as a direct insult to the United States during the time of the Cold War. The satellite disappeared mysteriously during the fair and the Soviets accused the US of stealing it. The United States in turn was planning on constructing a nuclear power plant on the exhibition grounds, close to the city center and the Royal Palace. The Belgian King intervened and asked that the power plant be built at a different location.

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Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

150 years ago today, Emperor Napoleon III opened the Paris International Exposition, the second world’s fair to be held in Paris (after 1855). 42 nations took part in the fair; 15 million visitors attended. The Palace of Industry, built on the Champ-de-Mars, the great military parade ground of Paris, became the exhibition’s landmark as it was transformed into a 40,000 square meters exhibition hall. Many technical innovations were shown, such as the hydraulic elevator, which was presented to the public for the first time.

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Announcing Auction 43 on April 29, 2017

Our new auction catalog is online!

We just uploaded the catalog for our spring 2017 poster sale.

http://www.invaluable.com/catalog/al5omkwkst

Our 43rd auction will be held on Saturday, April 29 in San Francisco and will also be conducted live online.

Enjoy!

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Today in History: First World’s Fair opens in London

Today in History: First World’s Fair opens in London

On May 1, 1851, Great Britain’s Prince Albert opened the first World’s Fair – then referred to as the Great Exhibition – in Hyde Park, London. The idea for an international fair was advanced by Sir Henry Cole who was so impressed by his visit to the French National Exhibition of 1849 that he wanted to raise the idea to a large scale fair with global participation. Industrial fairs in France had been a strong French national tradition since 1798 and gave an important impulse to the industrial progress. At the center of the 1851 Expo was a giant glass-and-iron hall designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the Crystal Palace. Inside, more than 10,000 exhibitors set up 12 kilometers / eight miles of tables presenting goods from around the world, incl. the latest kitchen appliances, silks and machinery. Originally constructed to be a temporary structure, the Chrystal Palace was dismantled in 1854 and then resurrected in an area of South London. The Palace survived until 1936 when it was destroyed in a fire. The London Fair welcomed 6 million visitors between May and October and was a huge success.

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Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair

Today in History: 1939 New York World’s Fair 
On April 30, 1939, the New York World’s Fair opened its doors to the public. Using the motto “Building a World for Tomorrow,” the opening ceremony featured a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was broadcast live on television, an event that would have significant consequences. While only few people owned a television at the time, it instantly became clear that the TV would become the biggest new mass medium. The Expo Fairground in Flushing Meadow Park in Queens showed two new imposing landmarks: the Trylon and the Perisphere. With 63 participating nations, the fair and its architecture were modern and futuristic. New technologies and consumer goods such as the FM radio, fluorescent lighting, and nylon stockings were among the Fair’s success stories.

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Today in History: Expo in Brussels

Today in History: Expo in Brussels

Belgian King Baudouin I opened the first World’s Fair after the Second World War in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibit’s main themes were innovations in aerospace and nuclear energy. The Expo 1958 was attended by approx. 41 million people. Symbol of the fair was the “Atomium,” a 102 meter (335 ft.) model of an iron molecule. The Soviet Union introduced a model of the first Soviet satellite, a facsimile of Sputnik, which was regarded as a direct insult to the United States during the time of the Cold War. The satellite disappeared mysteriously during the fair and the Soviets accused the US of stealing it. The United States in turn was planning on constructing a nuclear power plant on the exhibition grounds, close to the city center and the Royal Palace. The Belgian King intervened and asked that the power plant be built at a different location.

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Today on History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Today on History: The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889

Happy Birthday, La Tour Eiffel, the global icon of Paris. 127 years ago today, the construction of the 324 m (1024 feet) Eiffel Tower was completed.

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