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A Guide To Worlds Fair Collectibles

Updated on October 26, 2015

Starting Your Collection

This collection also includes a Woman's Day magazine article from the July 1964 issue. There are eight illustrated pages. The title is "Guide to the New York Worlds Fair" written by Hollis Alpert.

These items are only a sampling of the paper memorabilia that is being collected today. The prices range from a few dollars to much higher amounts, especially for the older items. Many pieces can still be found , but they are much more rare than they used to be .

Any piece you can find will add value to your collection.

This is only paper memorabilia but there are hundreds of glassware items and many other trinkets and souvenirs.

Start your collection with only items from one year and gradually increase by adding other years.

1964-65 Worlds Fair Memorabilia

Worlds Fair 1964-65 Collage
Worlds Fair 1964-65 Collage

Worlds Fair Collage

There are millions of Worlds Fair items that are collectible today. Especially the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the 1938-39 World's Fair. Some collectors specialize in one area of items , for example all paper items, while the next collector may want only glassware pieces.

The collage photo with this article shows a small collection of items from the 1964-65 Worlds Fair held in New York.

It contains the official flash card set, which shows some of the pavilions. The set consists of 24- 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 " cards. It was published by Ed-U cards, copyrighted in 1963.

You can also see an unused postcard from the Simmons Beauty Rest Pavilion, entitled "Land of Enchantment".

There are two Ford Times booklets in this collection. One is for 1964, the 57th year, and the other is a 1965 booklet, the 58th year. These booklets were distributed by Ford dealers to their customers as an invitation to visit the Ford Pavilion at the fair.

"The Exciting World of Dinosaurs", is a booklet provided by Sinclair, for their pavilion Dinoland. It has six full color pages of dinosaur pictures.

The "Official Souvenir Map", is a folded map in a cardstock cover by Time Life books. It covers the entire area of the fair.

The Florida Citrus Express, Hawaii Express, 25 cents Gray Route, Glide-a-Ride leaflet is a simple approximately six by seven inch folded paper nshowing the routes of the Glide-a- Ride.

There is also a fold out map entitled "How To See New York World's Fair", is the title of a train route leaflet from the Long Island Railroad to the fair.

The Bell System leaflet is entitled, "Fun at the Fair, New York 1965 Edition, Where and How to Find It".

The "Official Souvenir Book of the New York Worlds Fair, 1965", is a profusely illustrated larger size booklet showing many areas of the fair.

There is also a leaflet from the "Rockville Centre Train Depot" showing the official timetable for the Long Island line.

World's Fair History


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      Glenn Stok 3 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I attended the 1964 Worlds Fair when I was a child and I had collected many of the items you mentioned. Unfortunately I didn't save my souvenirs. I never thought, at the time, that they would have value later as memorabilia.

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      galleryofgrace 2 years ago from Virginia

      Reynold jay:

      Thanks for reading. Glad you liked it. So many peopel don't understand the value of paper collectibles. Good luck with your collecting.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      You have me interested in this!!! I'm going to pick up a few. Well done article that gave this reader the information I needed.

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      Tim 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Very Interesting. My grandpa used to have some of these but where they are today? I have no idea.

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      galleryofgrace 5 years ago from Virginia

      I just found a value guide in Kindle this should help with pricing.

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      Jessesjoy 6 years ago

      I have a 1938 world's fair coinit is worn what is it worth

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      robert 6 years ago

      i have a diamond from the sierra leonne exhibit anyone know what it might be worth?

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      Shelley 6 years ago


      Have an Empire States Building keychain with a small swiss knife on it. One the other side it has New York World's Fair.

      The knife seems to be coated with a hard resin; I'd figure this item is from the 40's?

      Any interest?

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      galleryofgrace 6 years ago from Virginia

      Haven't run across that one yet. Do you think it was a scarf or bandana maybe?

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      dr.dentfix 6 years ago

      i have a 1964 cloth 2 sided map of the worlds fair. ive hade it since the fair . does it have any value as a collectable

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      coin 6 years ago

      I have a 1904 worlds fair "free coke" coin and I was curious how much it is worth

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      Jen 6 years ago

      I have a very rare 7 1/2 inch tall New York World's fair table top zippo type lighter with world sphere on front. 1964-1965 lighter.Can't seem to find another anywhere, anyone care to take a guess at it's worth?

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      Debbie 6 years ago

      I have a collectable Century 21 Expostion. This is from 1962. It is One dollar. It is a coin. Almost the size of a $1.00 coin or a 50 cent piece. I wanted to see if someone could tell me the value. I would sell it for at least $500 to $1,000 dollars. No less. I feel it is really a collectable item.

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      newfsrus 6 years ago

      Have a set of flash cards from 1964- 1965 New York world's fair pictures are they collectables?

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      galleryofgrace 6 years ago from Virginia

      Best I see right now is $45 to $55 for a coin. Probably it is one of "So called dollars". The value may increase with the metal it's made from. Naturally gold or silver would be higher.

      I'll let you know if I find more. I have lots of books on antiques and coins.

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      galleryofgrace 6 years ago from Virginia

      Joe: I'll see what I can find and get back with you.

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      Joe Oddo 6 years ago

      I have a souvenir coin from the 1894 california midwinter expo and would like to find out what it is worth. Thanks Joe