This is an original 1894 halftone print of the display of French silks in the Manufactures Building at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. A paragraph of descriptive text is included with this print (but not shown). (Please note that, typical of halftone prints, there is printing on the reverse of the print.)
Period Paper has obtained a wonderful set of original halftone prints 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 by The Jewell N. Halligan Company.
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 the 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 Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No tears. No water damage.