Coaster

Object Number: 
2008.22
Date: 
1939
Medium: 
Wood composite and lacquer
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Inscriptions: 
"NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR/1939/AVIATION BUILDING"
Description: 
Circular brown coaster stamped with relief scene of 1939 World's Fair Aviation Building and inscription, "NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR/1939/AVIATION BUILDING."
Gallery Label: 
The 1939 World's Fair, held in Flushing Meadow's Park, Queens, was the brainchild of New York City businessmen who envisioned the international exposition as a remedy to the city's Depression-era economy. One of the largest expositions ever assembled, it attracted more than 44 million visitors. Thirty-six countries participated in the Fair and exhibitions displayed modernist technology, art, design, and architectural and technological innovations, such as the Trylon and Perisphere monuments or General Motor's Futurama pavilion. A variety of new goods were introduced at the exposition, including colored film, dishwashers, and nylon stockings. This coaster is an example of one of the numerous souvenirs available to visitors.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Scott Wixon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group