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Glimpses of the World's fair. A selection of gems of the White City seen through a camera (c1893)

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The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was one of many world fairs being held around the turn of the century that showcased technological and industrial advancements. The ferris wheel was among the amazing new inventions introduced to the world during the fair (so was shredded wheat cereal!). The ferris wheel, invented by George Ferris, was Chicago's response to the Eiffel Tower built for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1889. The site chosen for the fair was Jackson Park on Chicago’s south side; the fairgrounds came to be known as “the white city” because of the beautiful white marble used in the construction of the buildings, of which only the Fine Arts Building--now the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry--still stands. The photos in Glimpses of the World's Fair were taken with the newly introduced Kodak No. 4 box camera. We’ll be digitizing numerous books about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Look for this collection soon on the Illinois Harvest web portal.

Read more about the fair here.
And check out The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World's Columbian Exposition by Ida B. Wells at the University of Pennsylvania's digital library website.


Photograph of No. 4 Kodak Box Camera from http://www.boxcameras.com/no4kodak.html