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1893 Print Chicago World's Fair Illinois Building - ORIGINAL HISTORIC IMAGE FAR1

1893 Print Chicago World's Fair Illinois Building - ORIGINAL HISTORIC IMAGE FAR1

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Illinois Building.

This is an original 1894 halftone print showing an image of the Illinois Building. The featured structure stood at three stories tall and included North and South grand entrances, as well as a wing or pavilion running across the East and West entrances. The dome is about 235 feet above the ground, while the main walls are only 47 feet high. The structure is shown from the South entrance, which provides a view of the Lagoon and the Wooded Island. The Memorial Hall was used for a school room exhibit and contained many historical objects, which were usually kept in the state building in Springfield. (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."

CONDITION

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

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