It was called “The Blueprint of American Future” and “The White City.” Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition was heralded as one of the best World’s Fairs, from its grandiose architecture, lighted midways, and fountains, to its new innovated technology, goods and products.
It was a time when America was emerging from an agricultural nation to an industrial nation, when cities like Chicago expanded from villages to metropolises, when Glover Cleveland was president and Lizzie Borden was front-page news.
In a well-researched, detailed and informative view, America at the Fair takes us building by building to the freestanding pavilions, explaining the architecture, contributing companies and their history. What’s even more fascinating is the focus on the new technology, goods and products that were first introduced at the Fair—public use of electricity and petroleum, Ferris wheels, carbonated drinks, hamburgers and horseless carriages, many of which are still in existence today.
A great look with excellent illustrations, pictures, and most interesting, the colorful and unique trading cards and catalog covers from the Fair, from cover to cover this book will make you feel that you actually attended the Fair—experiencing all of its grandness. A great fair in an exciting and turbulent era of American history will make you crave for more—a must-have for your collection.