Yesterday, I posted a shot of some of my wife’s spoon collection and wondered how people started spoon collecting. After we looked at these for a while, a set of commemorative spoons from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair were found. It is a neat set with different buildings from the World’s Fair on each spoon.
I had learned some history about this when visiting with the family in Chicago. There were two worlds fairs in Chicago. The first in 1893 followed 40 years later by the one these spoons are from. The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is the last major building from the 1893 World’s Fair that is still standing.
The 1933 fair did not leave any permanent structures. The fairgrounds on Northerly Island, became Meigs Field, the lake-front airport which is now gone, and McCormick Place. Since almost all of the Worlds Fair presence is gone from the “White City” now, it is neat to still have a piece of this history.
Though you can’t see much of it, the background for these images is a vintage Chicago post card which we think is also from the World’s Fair. The theme “A Century of Progress” also reminds me of the “Carousel of Progress” at Disney World. I believe that was originally from a World’s Fair exhibition. It is fun to see what was considered futuristic in the past and to see what has come to be and what is still science fiction.
All that from some spoons. Pretty cool.
1939 Chicago World’s Fair Commemerative Spoons
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
(1) 105mm @ f/22 – 3.0 sec – ISO 200
(2) 105mm @ f/22 – 1.3 sec – ISO 200