New York World's Fair Souvenir Desk Set, 1939

Summary

The Trylon and Perisphere were iconic symbols of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The architectural pairing represented the fair's utopian theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow." Many souvenirs from the exposition, like this aluminum pen holder and letter opener set, used the futuristic Trylon and Perisphere image.

The Trylon and Perisphere were iconic symbols of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The architectural pairing represented the fair's utopian theme, "Building the World of Tomorrow." Many souvenirs from the exposition, like this aluminum pen holder and letter opener set, used the futuristic Trylon and Perisphere image.

Artifact

Desk Set

Date Made

1939

Subject Date

1939-1940

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2005.121.152

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Constance & James Levi.

Material

Aluminum (Metal)

Dimensions

Width: 1.375 in  (Paper Knife)

Length: 5.5 in  (Paper Knife)

Height: 5.875 in  (Pen Holder)

Width: 4.25 in  (Pen Holder)

Length: 2.5 in  (Pen Holder)

Inscriptions

in perisphere: NEW YORK / 1939 / WORLD'S FAIR bottom of pen holder: HAND FORGED / EVERLAST METAL

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