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1893 Print Illinois Building Chicago World's Fair Sailing Fashion Flag FAR2

1893 Print Illinois Building Chicago World's Fair Sailing Fashion Flag FAR2

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This is an ultra-rare original 1893 color cover from the Chicago "The Inter Ocean" Illustrated Supplement depicting the Illinois Building. The structure was designed by architect W. W. Boyington, and cost around $250,000 to construct. The dome was two hundred feet high, and the building was four hundred and fifty feet long.

Please note that this image is torn in half. Because of the rarity of these prints, they are usually sold in the $200-$500 range, but in such condition, we cannot sell it for that price. Note that the tear can be obscured and camouflaged by matting and framing the two pieces together, as apart from the tear, this piece is a wonderful representation of the Illinois Building.

Period Paper has obtained arguably one of the most rare, exclusive collections of original color images of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (The World's Columbian Exposition). Over the last several years we have acquired and sold thousands of items from this Exposition, and we continue to offer lithographs, prints, and photogravures. However; this exclusive collection is not offered publicly anywhere else. The original front and rear covers from Chicago's coveted The Inter Ocean Illustrated Supplement from 1893 are stunning in their size, color saturation, and condition. This was the very first color supplement produced on a high speed newspaper press, developed in late 1892 in preparation for the Exposition.The Inter Ocean was released 3 times per week at times during the Exposition. Most of the cartoons were produced by a pair at opposite ends of their careers-- Thomas Nast and Art Young. Period Paper holds the largest collection of original 1893 Chicago World's Fair original print ephemera, fine art, and historical images in the world. This is by far the most rare of all the collections related to the fair we have discovered.

The World's Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 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 were electrical displays, exhibits from other countries, and a popular amusement area on the 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 118+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Original mailing center crease. Some light surface rub. Large tear - center. No water damage. Please note as this is an original supplement to The Inter-Ocean, there is printing on the verso. In addition, these supplements were protected over the last century while bound into their original custom binding and therefore the original binder holes are in place on one margin, as seen in the digital picture. These holes are easily hidden via matting when framed. Please also note that there is a tear separating the print horizontally across the center which would also be easily diminished with the proper mounting and with matting during framing.

  • Product Type: Original Cover; Color
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 11 x 17 inches; 28 x 43 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: architect, entertainment, Victorian, Victorian fashion, sail, sailors, American flag, costume, dress