A World of Ephemera
Ricordo Esposizione di Torino (Cambursano)
A collection of 20 black-and-white photographs. Courtesy of Biblioteca Civica di Torino
Ricordo Esposizione di Torino
Ricordo dell'Esposizione Internazionale Torino (E. Molfese-Sansoldo Editori).
A collection of photographs of the fairgrounds and a large folded panoramic view of the exposition.
Courtesy of Biblioteca Civica di Torino.
Ricordo dell'Esposizione Internazionale Torino 1911 (E. Molfese-Sansoldo Editori).
With a different color cover, this replicates the above collection exactly.
Torino Esposizione Internazionale 1911. A collection of 25 images from the Exposition.
Courtesy of Biblioteca Civica di Torino
Esposizione Internazionale Torino 1911: (Casa Editrice Traldi & C., Milano). A collection of photographs of the fairgrounds and the Pavilions. Courtesy of Biblioteca Civica di Torino
Besides the many maps and guides to the Exposition, Turin 1911, just like all World Fairs, originated a massive number of ephemeral items, such as postcards, postage stamps, panoramas, dioramas, daily and weekly admission tickets, tickets to individual events, concerts, galas, and sporting competitions, posters, prizes, keepsakes, souvenirs, calendars, advertisements, etcetera. Together, these miscellaneous objects both recorded and constructed the vast "collective imaginary" of the Exposition.
In their ubiquity and variety, these ephemeral objects often helped disseminate the Exposition's narrative via easily assimilated and recurring allegorical tropes.
Here are just some illustrative examples of a plethora of objects that participated in building the multifaced narrative of the "Fabulous Exposition."