Thursday, May 13, 2010

World's Fair Decor

I love the idea of the old World's Fairs.  Companies and nations from around the world gathering in one spot to show off their coolest of cool new inventions, skyways whisking you from one pavilion to another, and the pervaling optimism of a coming future utopia just makes me happy.  Plus the poster designs are just gorgeous.  So it seems natural to turn to those posters as wall decor for an optimistic, futuristic, steampunk craftsman room.

Allposters has a nice bundle of three posters from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.  Not overly futuristic (at least to 2010 eyes) but the colors and font are fantastic.

A little more 60s style than I like (not surprising as this is the 1962 World's Fair) but the futuristic travel via skyway and monorail makes up for that fault, in my book.

It's great to see that good design lives on in this Delta Technology poster.  Sadly this conference was just for project managers and analysts - a bit of a fall from the grand world's fairs of the past.  Still, beautiful poster!

And, for your viewing pleasure, some Youtube treats on the various World's Fairs:

Dawn of Tomorrow, the 1939 World's Fair
Part 1
Part 2

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