This is an original 1894 halftone print showing the Illinois Battle Ship. This ship is 384 feet long, has an extreme breadth of 69.25 feet, a draught of 24 feet, and weighs 10,231 tons. It also has four 13 inch breech loading rifled cannons, eight 8 inch and four 6 inch of the same. It has twenty 6 pound rapid firing guns and six 1 pound of the same. At the forward end of the ship is a cone shaped tower called the Military Mast with two circular tops for sharpshooters. (Please note that, typical of halftone prints, there is printing on the reverse.)
Period Paper has obtained a wonderful set of halftone images of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition. This collection of the fair's many architectural, artistic, mechanical, agricultural, industrial, archeological, ethnological, historical, and scenic attractions was published in 1894.
The World Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery of the new world. In competition with many other cities, Chicago was finally designated the official site and the Exposition was built on 630 acres in and around Jackson Park. It was a spectacular display of progress and prosperity, and included among its many wonders electrical exhibits, exhibits from other countries, and a popular amusement area on Midway Plaisance with carnival rides, among them the first Ferris Wheel. Most of the fair's architecture was based on classical design which gave the area around the Court of Honor the name "The White City."
This 117+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine+. Moderate wrinkling. No natural defects. Some moderate surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse. We will also include the text related to this image for reference.