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1876 Engraving Centennial Exposition Philadelphia Opening Ceremony Grand Plaza

1876 Engraving Centennial Exposition Philadelphia Opening Ceremony Grand Plaza

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"Opening of the Centennial Exposition"

This is an original 1876 double-page, black and white in-text wood engraving of a sketch of the opening ceremony of the Centennial International Exhibition on May 10, 1876 on the Grand Plaza in front of Memorial Hall. The Exposition took place from May 10 - November 10, 1876 in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia.


This 139+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Original portfolio crease. No surface rub. No water damage. There are several small staple holes and light aging along the original center crease. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 20.5 x 15.5 inches; 52 x 39 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of antique in-text wood engravings and advertisements from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1875-1876. These engravings and ads provide an excellent historical record of people, places, and events important to mid-Victorian America. This collection includes not only medical quackery ads, but many images from the 1876 Centennial Exposition. The Exposition was a World's Fair held in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.