Hand fans that were souvenirs at various world’s fairs. All more fun than the electric kind. Prettier, too.

World’s Fair of 1867, commemorative fan.
Wooden brisé fan, printed with view of the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1867. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/historic-fans/3163-world-s-fair-of-1867-commemorative-fan.html
Hand fan from the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition/The White City, Chicago, Illinois. The fan having been presented at the World’s Fair in gift shops. ca. 1892. American. Finely detailed print on paper, attached to expanding wood elements, with brass loop handle. J. W. Green, maker. Image © 1998-2022 Ruby Lane, Inc. Fan itself in the public domain due to age. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/1876169-1214/Worldx92s-Fair-Columbian-Ex78position-1892-Fan
Two Saint Louis 1904 World’s Fair souvenir fans. Both with multicolored images on paper with elaborately painted wooden sticks. “A deed of the pen’ show across the top of the map showing “The Louisiana Purchase.:” 1904. American. Maker not known. Part of the Saint Louis estate of Patricia Villmer, founding member of the World’s Fair Society. Image © 2022 Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers. . Fair use license. via https://www.selkirkauctions.com/auction-lot/two-st.-louis-1904-world-s-fair-souvenir-fans_F4243BF832

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