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1937 Exposition Internationale Paris Souvenir Passport Booklet
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1937 Exposition Internationale Paris Souvenir Passport Booklet
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The pictures shows a view of all of the pages of this 1937 Exposition Internationale Paris Souvenir Passport Booklet. The identification area of the booklet was filled out by an attending man from Haverhill, Massachusetts. There are a few stampings inside from August 15 and September 7, of 1937. A medal is pictured on the cover and there is much information inside. There is a colorful fold out map of France showing and naming many (17) castles throughout the land. The booklet measures about 3-5/8'' x 4-7/8''. It appears to be in good used condition as pictured. Apparently this had been in a scrap book at one time. The back page has some extra paper and some paper loss. Also on the top side edge it appears that an insect had eaten a hole through the pages. Below here, for reference, is some additional information on the Exposition:

Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (1937)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life) was held in 1937 in Paris, France. The Musˇe de l'Homme was created at this occasion.

Exhibitions

Among the most notable exhibitions of the fair was the Spanish Pavilion. The fair took place during the Spanish Civil War; the pavilion of the embattled Second Spanish Republic included Pablo Picasso's famous painting ''Guernica'', a depiction of the horrors of war.

Two of the other notable pavilions were those of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The organization of the world exhibition had placed the German and the Soviet pavilions directly across each other. Hitler had desired to withdraw from participation, but his architect Albert Speer, who had by coincidence seen the Soviet pavilion plans while visiting Paris, convinced him to participate after all, showing Hitler his plans for the German pavilion.

Plagued by delay, at the opening day of the exhibition, only the German and the Soviet pavilions were completed. This, as well as the fact that the two pavilions faced each other, turned the exhibition into somewhat of a personal competition between the two great ideological rivals.

Five hundred feet high, Speer's pavilion was completed by a tall tower crowned with the symbols of the Nazi state: an eagle and the swastika. The pavilion was conceived as a monument to ''German pride and achievement''. It was to broadcast to the world that a new and powerful Germany had a restored sense of national pride. At night, the pavilion was illuminated by floodlights. Speer later revealed in his autobiographies that he had had a clandestine look at the plans for the Soviet pavilion, and had designed the German pavilion to represent a bulwark against Communism.

Vera Mukhina designed the large figurative sculpture on the Soviet pavilion for the exhibition, whose architect was Boris Iofan. The grand building was topped with a large momentum exerting statue, of a male worker and a female peasant, their hands thrusting a hammer and a sickle together, in a symbol of communist union.

Awards

At the presentation, both Speer and Iofan, who also designed the Palace of Soviets that was planned to be constructed in Moscow, were awarded gold medals for their respective designs. Also, for his model of the Nuremberg party rally grounds, the jury granted Speer, to his and Hitler's surprise, a Grand Prix. Artist Johanne deRibert Kajanus, mother of composer Georg Kajanus and film maker Eva Norvind, granddaughter of composer and conductor Robert Kajanus, and grandmother of actress Nailea Norvind, won the bronze medal for her life size sculpture of ''Mother and Child'' at the exhibition. Polish engineers from Warsaw won the gold medal for new Polish locomotive Pm36-1 PKP class Pm36.

Festivals of the Exposition

23 May The Centenary of the Arc de Triomphe
5 June-13 The International Floralies
26 June Motorboat races on the Seine
29 June Dance Festival
3 July Horse Racing
4 July-11 Rebirth of the City
6 July-7-8 Midsummer Night's Dream (In the gardens of Bagatelle)
21 July Colonial Festival
27 July World Championship Boxing Matches
30 July-10 August The True Mystery of the Passion (before Notre Dame Cathedral)
12 September Grape Harvest Festival
Forty Two International Sporting Championships
Every Night: Visions of Fairyland on the Seine

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