This is an original 1894 halftone print showing the Voice of Independence, the Liberty Bell. This historic relic was displayed in the Pennsylvania State Building. The bell had been imported from England in 1758, but because of the crack, was recast in Philadelphia under the direction of Isaac Morris. He is said to have chosen the inscription that surrounds the bell near the top from Leviticus XXV. 10: "Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Underneath that, it say, "By Order of the Assembly of the Province of Penn. for the State house in Phil." And under that is, "Pass & Stow, Phil. MDCCLIII." (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. Light aging throughout. 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.