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Then and Now: Visualizing the World of Tomorrow

Then and Now: Visualizing the World of Tomorrow


February 28, 2018 - March 1, 2018

When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Leavey Library

 

Mid Semester Study BreakSpring 2018 Mid-Semester Study Break from the USC Libraries

FREE refreshments, 1000-piece custom puzzle of World’s Fair images, stereoscopic photo experience, and DIY World’s Fair magnets

 

Wednesday and Thursday

February 28 and March 1, 2018

from 1-4 p.m.

Leavey Library Reflection Pool

 

The World’s Fairs are places where innovations and inventions are introduced to millions of visitors from around the world. These include the Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, the world’s first Ferris Wheel, and models for autonomous cars, electromechanical robots, and virtual reality.

 

Explore images of the World of Tomorrow as seen through past World’s Fairs, and learn about how the Libraries can help you visualize and create the future.

 

Images are from the database World’s Fairs: A Global History of Expositions, available to all members of the USC community at: bit.ly/worldsfairs. For more information, access the USC Libraries research guide at libguides.usc.edu/worldsfairs.

clockwise from upper right:

COCA-COLA PAVILION - 1964/65 New York World’s Fair ©Hagley Museum and Library
THE SPACE NEEDLE - 1962 Century 21 Exposition, Seattle ©Hagley Museum and Library
BRIDGE OF TOMORROW - 1939 New York World’s Fair, ©Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Library, Special Collections
GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING - 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, Chicago, ©Univ. of Illinois at Chicago Library, Special Collections
GUSTAVE EIFFEL AND THE EIFFEL TOWER - 1889 Exposition Universelle, Paris, ©Special Collections Research Center, Henry Madden Library, CSU Fresno
BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION BUILDINGS - 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, ©Historical Society of Philadelphia
center photo:
THE UNISPHERE - 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, ©Special Collections Research Center, Henry Madden Library, CSU Fresno

Documentary by USC faculty member Mina Chow

Databases -- Primary Materials

Images

Streaming Media

In Movies and Music

Books

View World's Fair artifacts in Special Collections and USC Digital Library

List of World Fairs and International Expositions