World’s Fair Memorabilia
Q When my mother passed away, she left a bowl commemorating the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It’s round, 10 inches wide, and the stamp on the bottom shows it was made as a souvenir by Paden City Pottery, Paden City, West Virginia. I am interested in finding out its value and where I might find an interested buyer.
A Your 1939 World’s Fair bowl made by Paden City Pottery is worth from $35 to $50 in a retail sale, depending on its condition. The brightly colored Art Deco design on the center pictures stylized symbols of the fair, along with musical notes and gilt trim. Some also have a red band on the edge. It may be of interest to collectors of Art Deco items or World’s Fair memorabilia. Collectors from both groups can be found online. Anyone who sells collectibles has to get them somewhere and many buy from people like you to resell. You will probably be asked how much money you expect to get.
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