Journal Article

Viewing Souvenirs

Amy F. Ogata

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 15, issue 2, pages 69-82
Published in print January 2002 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2002 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/15.2.69
Viewing Souvenirs

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This article considers how the international exposition was represented in peepshow souvenirs, folding paper devices that gave a three-dimensional view of the interior. Using Walter Benjamin's notion of the world's fair as a phantasmagoria, I argue that the optical souvenirs produced for international expositions reconfirmed the enchanted visual experience in a way that other mass-produced souvenirs could not and, moreover, that this held implications for both popular consumption and collective memory.

Keywords: Benjamin; Walter; expositions universelles; international exhibitions; peepshows; popular entertainment; souvenirs

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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