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1893 Print Chicago Worlds Fair Foreign Buildings Sweden ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1

1893 Print Chicago Worlds Fair Foreign Buildings Sweden ORIGINAL HISTORIC FAR1

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Foreign Buildings.

This is an original 1894 halftone print showing the Foreign Buildings at the Chicago World's Fair, which include those of Norway, Sweden and Germany. The Norwegian building is modeled after the old "Stavkirke," which is a 12th century style of Scandinavian architecture. The roofs are almost entirely vertical and hold peaked gables, while it is thought that the devices that extend out must be the figure-heads of the "Vikings" in which Leif Ericson and others are said to have steered to America. The Sweden building has points facing all directions. The German building is ornate and picturesque with its Gothic architectural style. The actual building is about 78 feet high, while the chapel tower in the center is nearly twice that height. The roof holds glazed tiles, as well as interesting angles and water spouts of brass or bronze. (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 creases. 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)

Keywords specific to this image: Architecture