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1893 Chicago World's Fair Machinery Hall Architecture Sculptures Mechanic FAI3

1893 Chicago World's Fair Machinery Hall Architecture Sculptures Mechanic FAI3

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"East Facade of Machinery Hall."

This is an original 1895 print, by photographer William H. Jackson, of Machinery Hall at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a group of images of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, which are perhaps the most coveted of all the photographic images of this fair. In the words of Stanley Wood "its beauty and its grandeur have been preserved for us by the magic of the camera...and in the reproductions of those wondrous scenes...the White City lives again." These magnificent original large format prints were created from the original photographs taken by famous western photographer, William H. Jackson. Photographic images reproduced at this size were extremely rare in the 1890's, and each of these images was printed in 1895 on heavy stock with a cream border and a blank verso. We have come across portions of this collection in the past, but we have not seen these rare pieces in this fine a condition.

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 --the Midway Plaisance with carnival rides including 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." Over 27 million people visited the fair during its 6 month run.

William H. Jackson (1843-1942): Born in Keeseville, New York, William H. Jackson was an American painter and photographer who was famous for his images of the American West. After serving with the Union Army in the Civil War he settled in Omaha where he photographed the majestic scenery of the Old West, including the landmarks along the route of the Union Pacific Railroad; the mining boom towns; the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings; and the spectacular Yosemite landscape.


This 116+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No aging. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Print; Other
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 13 x 17 inches; 33 x 43 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)