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1893 Print Chicago Worlds Fair Finny Tribe Architecture ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1

1893 Print Chicago Worlds Fair Finny Tribe Architecture ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1

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Art's Tribute to the Finny Tribe

This is an original 1894 halftone print showing the Fisheries Building, which houses columns, caps, balustrades and pediments. There are curving arcades, which connect the main or square building with the spherical wings at the east and west ends. These promenades are open on both sides and house beautiful balustrades with double pillars placed at short intervals to rise up in support of the arches. The arches are fairly uniform in size and structure, save for the ones at the middle where they are built larger for entrance ease. All of the elaborate decorations represent a fish, water creature or other watery element. (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. No natural defects. Some light 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.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 8.25 inches; 26 x 21 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)