Souvenir napkin ring

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from New York World's Fair 1939-40

Postcard of Souvenir napkin ring.
© National Museums Scotland

Souvenir napkin ring

This plastic napkin ring is a souvenir from the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. It is in the shape of the 700-foot-high Trylon and Perisphere - the exhibition's official logo.

Souvenir red plastic napkin ring in the shape of the Trylon and perisphere at the 1939 - 1940 New York World's Fair: American, c. 1939

Exhibition souvenirs can be traced back to items sold at fairs and produced in connection with the national exhibitions of manufactured goods held in France and elsewhere in the first half of the nineteenth century. The first great international exhibition was held in Hyde Park in 1851. The key development between the two World Wars was the general agreement to decorate exhibition souvenirs with the exhibition symbol or principal architectural feature. The 1939 New York World's Fair endorsed this movement and provided the model for later exhibitions.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-086-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  K.1998.461
Date: Around 1939
c. 1939
Material: Plastic, red. Inscription: Label: NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR / c[encircled] N.Y.W.F.
What: Napkin ring / souvenir
Where: North America, United States of America
U.S.A., New York (Perisphere)
U.S.A., New York (Trylon)
Event: New York World's Fair
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 72 & 89. 
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