Pubblicità officine meccaniche e fonderie Arona (marzo 1963)Fondazione Fiera Milano
The Historical Archive holds copies of the house organ the fair published since the 1920s, a paper distributed over the days the Milan Fair was open, as well as thousands of catalogues for the exhibitions organized and hosted at Milan’s fairgrounds.
Mirror of society
The house organ and exhibition catalogues feature hundreds of images showing how the Milan Fair was a major platform and marketing stage for Italian companies to launch new products, showcase innovation in production techniques, and compare the technological advances made in entire sectors.
Pubblicità Marsala Florio Pubblicità Marsala Florio (aprile 1924) by Muggiani, GiorgioFondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Lanital Snia Viscosa (aprile 1936) by Bianchi, AlbertoFondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Singer (aprile 1951)Fondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Agip (aprile 1957)Fondazione Fiera Milano
La Fiera di Milano. Quotidiano ufficiale. Anno III. Numero 1 (10 aprile 1922)Fondazione Fiera Milano
The voice of the fair
The publications served a dual purpose. On one hand they were a service for exhibitors and visitors alike, as the catalogues enabled stands to be located within the fairgrounds, while the paper and guides informed visitors of events.
Pubblicità frigorifero Siltal (aprile 1959)Fondazione Fiera Milano
On the other, however, they were a means for the Fair Board to reach out to a general public and tell of its role as a national economic driver, through articles and editorials offering economic and technical analysis of all of Italy’s production sectors and industries, including tourism.
Advertising as a lens for understanding the nation.
The fair’s publications feature thousands of advertisements for both large and small Italian firms and worldwide companies.
Pubblicità Muranite (aprile 1957)Fondazione Fiera Milano
With their slogans, graphics, and messages, the adverts cover the full range of the country’s industries—from heavy industry to food & beverages, fashion to toys, typewriters to automobiles.
The sweeping panorama they form gives us a picture retracing the history of advertising in Italy.
Pubblicità Olivetti Lexikon 80 (aprile 1949)Fondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Italsider (marzo 1963)Fondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Campari (aprile 1961)Fondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità frigorifero Siltal (aprile 1961)Fondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità SILTAL - smalterie officine Abbiategrasso (MI) (aprile 1958)Fondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Groppi Soda (aprile 1957) by Beldì, AldoFondazione Fiera Milano
Pubblicità Società Manifatture Falco (aprile 1948)Fondazione Fiera Milano
This virtual path has been created in collaboration with Promemoria Group.
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