Learn about the 1901 Pan-American Exposition with some artifacts from our collection below.
Clockworks mounted on a large black frying pan as a souvenir of the Pan-American Exposition. The central face of the clock displays an enameled image of Raphael Beck's logo.
A mandolin made for the Pan-American Exposition.
Oil on Canvas
A painting of the Pan-American Exposition midway by John Ross Key. The midway occupied a large section of the Pan-American grounds just beyond the West Canal with various attractions.
A souvenir glass paperweight featuring the Electric Tower at night.
A white silk ribbon commemorating “Buffalo Day”, a day of special admission for Buffalo residents, at the Pan-American Exposition on October 19, 1901.
A crab-shaped inkwell sold as a souvenir at the Pan-American Exposition. At the time, the process of making aluminum was only beginning to become affordable so souvenirs made from aluminum, a previously expensive material, were very popular.
A ruby flashed souvenir glass goblet sold at the Pan-American Exposition.
Oil on Canvas
"The Spirit of Niagara" by Evelyn Rumsey Cary. This painting won a design competition and formed the central image of posters and many souvenirs promoting the Pan-American Exposition.
A silk flag featuring Adelaide Thorpe’s official design for the Pan-American Exposition. The design features elements that represent North and South America with the white bar in the middle for unity.
A souvenir thimble holder made of seashells on a metal base from the Pan-American Exposition.