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From jaw-dropping design to wow-inducing technological wizardry, the 2012 World’s Expo in Yeosu, Korea, is brimming with inspiration for exhibit and event professionals. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 microsite features everything from Expo-related news and FAQs to historic World’s Expo highlights and video footage direct from Yeosu. This site also plays host to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 Awards, honoring the best the world (well, the World’s Expo, at least) has to offer.
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The Golden Age
 
Sixty-seven years after gold was discovered in California, the rush for the precious metal still raged at San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915, where exhibitors gave away gold nuggets. The South Africa’s Transvaal Chamber of Mines exhibit pictured here included a 60-foot-high Egyptian obelisk, gilded in gold and divided into sections representing how much of the mineral other countries produced. Next to the tower sat two gold-plated orbs, whose size relative to the obelisk’s sections demonstrated how much more of the blond ore the Transvaal pried from the earth.
 
Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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