World’s Fairs

The World’s Fair, also known as the Universal Exposition, is an international event that has served various purposes throughout its lifetime. Traditionally, a World’s Fair is a gathering of people from across the globe who demonstrated the arts and products from their homelands. Such events have been going on since ancient times, but modern World’s Fairs began in the middle of the 19th century.

History of the World’s Fair: Highlights

The first World’s Fair, known as the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Continents, took place in 1851 in Hyde Park, London. This event, and World’s Fairs for many years following, gave innovators across the globe the opportunity to showcase their inventions—especially new technologies.

Modern marvels from the first World’s Fair included an early fax ...

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