1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Elephant Hide African Leather ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAI4

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"The Elephant Hide."

This is an original 1893 halftone print of an elephant hide at the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. The African elephant hide was displayed in the Shoe and Leather Building. The green weight, of the hide, was eight hundred pounds and the tanned weight was five hundred pounds. It took two years to tan the hide. (Please note that, typical of halftone prints, there is printing on the reverse.)

Period Paper has obtained a wonderful set of halftone prints of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, also known as the World Columbian Exposition. This original collection of the fair's many architectural, artistic, mechanical, agricultural, industrial, archeological, ethnological, historical, and scenic attractions was printed in 1893.

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."

CONDITION

This 118+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Grayscale
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 8 inches; 25 x 20 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)

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