1893 Print Chicago World's Fair Foreign Buildings India ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1


Foreign Buildings.

This is an original 1894 halftone print showing the Foreign buildings constructed at the Chicago World's Fair. The buildings include that of Great Britain, Canada, New South Wales and India. The Great Britain building holds an architectural style of an old manor house with Elizabethan structure and overhanging gables and mullioned windows. It was named the "Victoria House" in honor of its Britannic Majesty. The Canadian building contains an open veranda. The New South Wales building is a fair reproduction of the Doric temple. The India building contains portals and a florid style with lavish decoration. (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 Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. No creases. Minor print defectSome 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. There is a letter missing in the text, which is the result of a print defect.

  • Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
  • Grade: 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)

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