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World's Fair Memorabilia Show

Posted Sunday, March 26 by Brian

WFS Crowd.jpgChicago Antiques Guide visited the World's Fair Memorabilia Show last Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove Village. We were delighted to see a very good turnout for the show. The show had a good selection of merchandise in all price ranges. There were certainly some great pieces priced in the hundreds, even thousands, of dollars, but the vast majority of items were in the $5 to $50 range.

Although there was merchandise from other World's Fairs, not surprisingly, the show is heavily weighted toward the the Century of Progress Fair held in Chicago in 1933 and 1934. I was a little disapointed that there wasn't more from the Columbian Exposition, also held in Chicago, but in 1893, but it is getting harder to find and more expensive.
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Two of the best displays of Century of Progress were by promoter Rick Rann and the one shown at right by the owners of the Edgewater Antique Mall on Chicago's North Side.

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One of the better selections of non-paper items from the 1893 fair (shown at left) was displayed by Dan Amato, owner of the Columbus Antique Mall & Museum of Columbus Wisconsin. My favorite piece of his was the perfume bottle shaped like a hot air baloon. But I'll need to sell some more ads on this site to be able to afford it. I managed to just miss getting in it the photo. I guess unconsciously I didn't want any of you to see it while I save my pennies towards the $550.

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Andy Kaufman who operates a World's Fair Auction web site was previewing several great pieces including this table top radio from the Century of Progress with scenes of the Fair on top and both sides. Andy said the radio will be estimated in the $700-$1,000 range.

Since I hadn't been to this show for several years, it was great to visit with some old friends, that I hadn't seen in quite a while. I'm all ready looking forward to the next show.

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