There have been over twenty World’s Fairs and Expositions in the United States since the centennial. Why the big deal you say? Well here is the thing. These fairs and expositions produced some really neat awards, medals, and tokens that are quite collectable in their own right. The make up an arm of numismatics called exonumia. These awards are also very beautiful and some of them were designed by the top artists and sculptors in the country during that time. But wait you say, these medals can’t be important. I’ve never heard of one. Oh Really? Do you like Jack Daniels? Yes, the whiskey. Jack Daniels proudly displays the fact they won a gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition on every single bottle of whiskey they sell. It is that important to them. If they are still bragging about it over one hundred years later, I’m positive other companies are doing the same. You probably just have to look around to find the references.
I only mention this because in today’s culture a lot of neat and interesting tidbits of information get left in the dust because it isn’t digital or on youtube, etc. Well, there really is something to be said for a simple bronze medal, intricate in design, with a high relief that takes up the palm of your hand when you hold it. Just do a search on ebay for exposition medal and see the neat things you come up with or look at the source document. You won’t be sorry you did.