This is your gateway page to the many exhibits of spoons from the 1893
Columbian Worlds fair exposition in Chicago in 1893-4.
The Columbian Worlds exposition was one of the most important events of
this type in history and all subsequent worlds fairs have followed its
The 400th anniversary of the discovery of the new world by Christopher
Columbus was the main thesis, but the fair was truly international in
The exposition was originally planned for 1892, but major disagreements
between New York, Washington DC, St.Louis and Chicago eventually
led to the Congress which
approved of Chicago's bid (raised the most money), but postponed
it for one year.
The timing of the fair also coincided with the beginning of the
SOUVENIR SPOON COLLECTING MANIA thus well over 300 different spoons
for this event.
I have created a series of exhibits which will give you a good
understanding of the types of spoons produced for the exposition.
These exhibits are not inclusive -- many other beautiful spoons are
available from this Worlds fair.