Thanks to Flavorpill, I explored the Beinecke Rare Book Collection at Yale University today, and more specifically, the library’s collection of posters and plans from every World’s Fair that was. Oo-wee, as Jones from A Confederacy of Dunces would say – it’s a great collection. My favourites are the posters dating from the 30s, in classic Art Deco style, and my least favourite ones are the posters for the colonial world’s fair (disembodied heads of colonised peoples of the world, looking suitably exotic and morose) and posters of the Third Reich’s pavilion in 1937, complete with Nazi flag flapping merrily (below) … but these less savoury aspects are still pretty fascinating.
And of course I saved the best til last… the crappiest poster of them all: Brisbane ’88 (below). I can still picture that stupid little platypus mascot who was called, in strikingly original fashion, Expo Oz. Wonder what marketing whiz kid dreamt that one up. Did anyone actually go to Brisbane for the Expo? No doubt some enraged Brisbanian will respond in the affirmative shortly.
:: Arwen ::