1939-1940 World's Fair Souvenir Plate

1939-1940 World's Fair Souvenir Plate

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Description (Brief)
Glazed Earthenware souvenir plate from the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. The plate features the Fair’s signature buildings, the Trylon and the Perisphere, at its center. Around the edges are representations of the Fair’s Federal Government Building; Marine Transportation Building; Hall of Communications; Food Exhibitors Building; and the Building of Contemporary Arts.
The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair attracted nearly 45 million people to its site in Flushing Meadows. The Fair emphasized modernity, showcasing a “ World of Tomorrow.” The Trylon and Perisphere were used as logos for the Fair, and were featured on an abundance of souvenir items, such as this plate.
Designed by Charles Murphy, an American artist and ceramist, the plate was produced by West Virginia's Homer Laughlin China Company. Homer Laughton is best known today for its line of “Fiesta” dinnerware. Murphy later became a designer for Red Wing Potteries in Minnesota.
Currently on loan
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Other Terms
Plate; Commemorative; Dinner
date made
associated dates
1939 04 30 / 1939 04 30, 1939 10 31 / 1939 10 31
Associated Date
Associated Place
United States: New York, Queens
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
white (overall color)
gray (overall color)
lavender (overall color)
blue (overall color)
green (overall color)
gold (overall color)
average spatial: 3/4 in x 10 1/8 in; 1.905 cm x 25.7175 cm
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The Larry Zim World's Fair Collection
Expositions and Fairs
New York World's Fair (1939)
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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