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Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, known as the St. Louis World's Fair, was an international exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 30 to December 1, 1904. Created by: PICRYLDated: 1905
Vice Commissioner General Wong Kai Kah receiving site of Chinese Imperial Pavilion from President Francis
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, commonly known as the Saint Louis World's Fair of 1904, was the last great international exposition before World War I. The fair, built on a 1,200 acre site, included hundreds of thousands of objects, people, animals, displays, and publications from 62 exhibiting countries and 43 of the 45 states. The setting of world records, such as the largest organ, and working displays of every important technological advance were significant design goals. The Fair was a combination of trade show, civic showpiece, and monument to culture, along with more than a tinge of American pride. The Fair showcased the grandiose ambition of the gilded age, forming a kind of collective tribute to the nineteenth century's international understanding of the furtherance of peace, prosperity, and progress. It's a grand snapshot in time of American and foreign societies as they wished to portray themselves.
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Varied Industries Bldg., St. Louis World's Fair

Varied Industries Bldg., St. Louis World's Fair

Stereograph shows the Varied Industries Building for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition under construction. H23360 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 1261. Title from item.

Administration Bldg. of the Great St. Louis  World's Fair of 1904.

Administration Bldg. of the Great St. Louis World's Fair of 1904.

H23359 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 1260.

Vice Commissioner General Wong Kai Kah receiving site of Chinese Imperial Pavilion from President Francis

Vice Commissioner General Wong Kai Kah receiving site of Chinese Imper...

Photograph shows Wong Kai Kah atop a platform on the site of the future Chinese Imperial Pavilion for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, or St. Louis World's Fair, with David R. Francis, president of the exposi... more

St. Louis's object lesson to anti-expansionists / Keppler.

St. Louis's object lesson to anti-expansionists / Keppler.

Illustration shows a statue of Thomas Jefferson labeled "Thomas Jefferson The Father of Expansion" at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, Missouri, with Puck directing the attention of George F. H... more

Pres. Roosevelt at the dedication ceremonies, St. Louis Exposition /

Pres. Roosevelt at the dedication ceremonies, St. Louis Exposition /

President Theodore Roosevelt is on the speaker's platform. He rises and doffs his hat. A carriage passes in front of the platform. The President then appears briefly below the platform, possibly preparing to en... more

The United States Government Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

The United States Government Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

H54991 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 31. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Palace of Education as seen from Festival Hall, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo., 1904

Palace of Education as seen from Festival Hall, World's Fair, St. Loui...

H62036 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 629. Title from item.

Palace of Education, N. E., over fountain and heroic statues, from Festival Hall, Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Palace of Education, N. E., over fountain and heroic statues, from Fes...

H50795 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 6. Title from item.

Grand entrance to U. S. Government Bldg., showing beautiful Sunken Gardens in foreground, St. L. Fair

Grand entrance to U. S. Government Bldg., showing beautiful Sunken Gar...

H52774 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 137. Title from item.

Festival Hall, East stairway, and Statue of Napoleon,  St. Louis World's Fair

Festival Hall, East stairway, and Statue of Napoleon, St. Louis World...

H52750 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 103. Title from item.

Electric Building from sculptured terrace leading up to Festival Hall, World's Fair St. Louis 1904.

Electric Building from sculptured terrace leading up to Festival Hall,...

H52294 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5925.

Princess Omena no. 3

Princess Omena no. 3

Photograph shows portrait of woman, possibly Middle Eastern, taken at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Missouri. Copyrighted 1904 by Gerhard Sisters, St. Louis, Mo. Title from item.

From ferris wheel S. E. over Japanese garden and "Jerusalem" to Festival Hall, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.

From ferris wheel S. E. over Japanese garden and "Jerusalem" to Festiv...

H53797 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 21. Title from item.

Hunter's cabin in Esquimaux village, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Hunter's cabin in Esquimaux village, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Five Eskimos in doorway of cabin, with four dogs outside. H53138 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 240. Copyright by R.R. Whiting.

Cabin in which President Roosevelt lived for three years, exhibited in Agricultural Building, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
Statue on W. side of Grand Cascades, Palace of Electricity in distance, across Grand Basin, St. L. Fair

Statue on W. side of Grand Cascades, Palace of Electricity in distance...

H52579 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 113. Title from item.

View from German Bldg., showing E. Lagoon, bordered by Palace of Education & Manufacture, St. L. Fair

View from German Bldg., showing E. Lagoon, bordered by Palace of Educa...

H52764 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 119. Title from item.

The boat landing near Palace of Manufactures, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo.

The boat landing near Palace of Manufactures, Louisiana Purchase Expos...

H53530 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3143. Title from item.

Transportation Building

Transportation Building

H50892 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 19. Title from item.

Jeffries Concert Band, Jacksonville, Ill. and Chicago and [illegible] Ills. naval reserves, Illinois Day, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
Grand Basin, Education and Manufactures Buildings, from Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Grand Basin, Education and Manufactures Buildings, from Festival Hall,...

H52532 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8479. Title from item.

Log cabin occupied by President Roosevelt, when a ranchman in North Dakota, Agricultural Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U.S.A.
Arkansas, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Arkansas, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase ...

H51754 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5720.

Group of Indians in Parade of Children of All Nations, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Group of Indians in Parade of Children of All Nations, Louisiana Purch...

H 54581 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15046. Title from item.

Statuary, fountain-terraces, monument and exhibit buildings about the basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Statuary, fountain-terraces, monument and exhibit buildings about the ...

H51126 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3. Title from item.

Cowboy band, Flower Parade, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Cowboy band, Flower Parade, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, ...

H 49460 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15029. Title from item.

Esquimaux float in parade on the pike, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Esquimaux float in parade on the pike, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

H 53202 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 255.

Electric illumination of the cascades and of Education and Mines Buildings, World's Fair,  St. Louis,  U.S.A.

Electric illumination of the cascades and of Education and Mines Build...

H55132 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 2. Title from item.

Flower Parade and West Pavilion, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Flower Parade and West Pavilion, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Lo...

H 49467 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15022. Title from item.

Louisiana Purchase Monument, Varied Industries Bldg., and gondolas on the basin, World's Fair, St. Louis

Louisiana Purchase Monument, Varied Industries Bldg., and gondolas on ...

H53731 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 4. Title from item.

Festival Hall and its fountain, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo.

Festival Hall and its fountain, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Lou...

H49034 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3070. Title from item.

The main entrance to Palace of Machinery, St. Louis World's Fair

The main entrance to Palace of Machinery, St. Louis World's Fair

H52770 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 132. Title from item.

Illumination of Festival Hall and front of Palace of Electricity. World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Illumination of Festival Hall and front of Palace of Electricity. Worl...

H53538 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3190. Title from item.

[Marriage party of Igorots(?) at Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904]

[Marriage party of Igorots(?) at Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904]

H116176 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Louisiana Purchase Exposition Co. No. 4965.

"Cowboys off the Trail" - group at the World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Festival Hall and Colonnade from Grand Basin, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Festival Hall and Colonnade from Grand Basin, Louisiana Purchase Expos...

H53515 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8471. Title from item.

The Visayan village from Arrowhead Lake, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

The Visayan village from Arrowhead Lake, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

H55027 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 110. The Universal Photo Art Co., Philadelphia.

"Cowboys shooting up a western Town," a striking group at the entrance to the Pike, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

"Cowboys shooting up a western Town," a striking group at the entrance...

H59787 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8574. Title from item.

Louisiana Purchase Monument and Manufacturers' Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Louisiana Purchase Monument and Manufacturers' Building, Louisiana Pur...

H54993 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 32. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

England's famous national military band, the Grenadier Guards, Federal Hall, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
Esquimax in the water parade, Grand Basin, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Esquimax in the water parade, Grand Basin, Louisiana Purchase Expositi...

H 54595 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15060. Title from item.

Allegorical group, "The Apotheosis of St. Louis" and equestrian statue of St. Louis, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Allegorical group, "The Apotheosis of St. Louis" and equestrian statue...

H61015 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8531. Title from item.

Education and Manufactures buildings, east over Grand Basin from Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Education and Manufactures buildings, east over Grand Basin from Festi...

H53517 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8476. Title from item.

Across the lagoon to Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Across the lagoon to Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

H54977 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 5. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Agriculture Building, showing floral clock, World's Fair, St. Louis.

Agriculture Building, showing floral clock, World's Fair, St. Louis.

H49115 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item.

Plaza of Orleans and east pavilion, from Wireless Telegraph Tower, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Plaza of Orleans and east pavilion, from Wireless Telegraph Tower, Lou...

H54591 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15056. Title from item.

From ferris wheel S. E. over Japanese garden and "Jerusalem" to Festival Hall, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
The beautiful Sunken Gardens and Palace of Liberal Arts from U. S. Govt. Bldg., St. Louis Fair

The beautiful Sunken Gardens and Palace of Liberal Arts from U. S. Gov...

H52775 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 138. Title from item.

Plaza St. Louis and Varied Industries Building from roof of Palace of Education, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Plaza St. Louis and Varied Industries Building from roof of Palace of ...

H52254 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5840.

A view of the Grand Basin and Plaza of St. Louis from the flower beds, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

A view of the Grand Basin and Plaza of St. Louis from the flower beds,...

H53526 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3236. Title from item.

S. Dakota, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

S. Dakota, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase...

H49906 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5724.

Hand-to-hand fight, Highland Brigade exterminated, Battle of Colenso, Boer War, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Hand-to-hand fight, Highland Brigade exterminated, Battle of Colenso, ...

H 54648 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 15153.

East from West Restaurant Pavilion over West Cascade and Grand Basin to Education and Manufactures buildings, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

East from West Restaurant Pavilion over West Cascade and Grand Basin t...

H60531 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8539. Title from item.

Festival Hall and Central Cascade from the center of the Grand Basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Festival Hall and Central Cascade from the center of the Grand Basin, ...

H52289 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5920.

Grand Basin and splendid Electricity Bldg., from east pavilion of Festival Hall, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Driveway approaching World's Fair grounds in Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo.

Driveway approaching World's Fair grounds in Forest Park, St. Louis, M...

H53124 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8003. Title from item.

Grand Basin and Plaza of St. Louis from Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Grand Basin and Plaza of St. Louis from Festival Hall, Louisiana Purch...

H54579 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15044. Title from item.

Panorama view down the Plaza of St. Louis, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.
Entrance to Palace of Manufactures, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.

Entrance to Palace of Manufactures, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.

H49923 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5741.

Transportation Building by night, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Transportation Building by night, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. L...

H60530 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8527. Title from item.

"Old Esquimau"

"Old Esquimau"

Photograph shows portrait of an Inuit man taken at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Missouri, 1904.

Over Palace of Machinery from the beautiful Japanese gardens, Louisiana Purchase Exposition,  St. Louis, Mo.

Over Palace of Machinery from the beautiful Japanese gardens, Louisian...

H52154 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3234. Title from item.

Administration Building, World's Fair, St. Louis.

Administration Building, World's Fair, St. Louis.

H52212 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 23143.

Looking down at Louisiana Purchase Monument and Palace of Varied Industries Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Looking down at Louisiana Purchase Monument and Palace of Varied Indus...

H54630 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15135. Title from item.

Looking down west cascade across Grand Basin to Education and Manufactures Buildings, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Looking down west cascade across Grand Basin to Education and Manufact...

H53524 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8491. Title from item.

Palace of Education, N E., over fountain and heroic statues, from Festival Hall, Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Wichita Indians building their typical grass lodge, Indian camp, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Wichita Indians building their typical grass lodge, Indian camp, World...

H 51514 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 23399. Title from item.

Play-fellows from the frozen Arctic--Eskimo youngsters and their tame bear, World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.

Play-fellows from the frozen Arctic--Eskimo youngsters and their tame ...

Eskimo children on sled drawn by bear. H49643 U.S. Copyright Office.

Education Building and Grand Basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Education Building and Grand Basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

H50746 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 11559. Sold only by Griffith & Griffith. Title from item.

Mounumental fountain (Spirit of the Pacific) and Festival Hall at night, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Mounumental fountain (Spirit of the Pacific) and Festival Hall at nigh...

H61304 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8530. Title from item.

Machinery Hall and west lagoon towards "Creation," St. Louis, Mo.

Machinery Hall and west lagoon towards "Creation," St. Louis, Mo.

H48955 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3065. Title from item.

"Falling Stars" and "Evening," Italian statuary, Manufactures Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

"Falling Stars" and "Evening," Italian statuary, Manufactures Building...

H62326 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15184. Title from item.

On the steps of the west lagoon, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

On the steps of the west lagoon, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Lo...

H62216 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15263. Title from item.

Colorado, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Colorado, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase ...

H49908 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5726.

U. S. Gov. Building and Sunken Garden, World's Fair, St. Louis

U. S. Gov. Building and Sunken Garden, World's Fair, St. Louis

H53548 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 87. Sold only by Up To Date View Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. Title from item.

The magnificient landscape garden in the Great World's Fair grounds, St. Louis, Mo.

The magnificient landscape garden in the Great World's Fair grounds, S...

H53097 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 215. Title from item.

Festival Hall, across the Grand Basin, St. Louis, World's Fair

Festival Hall, across the Grand Basin, St. Louis, World's Fair

H52754 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 108. Title from item.

Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the Terrace of States

Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the Terrace of States

H54241 U.S. Copyright Office. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Parade of floats, St. Louis Exposition /

Parade of floats, St. Louis Exposition /

One of the parades of floating craft held in the waterways of the St. Louis Exposition is shown in this film. The cameraman placed equipment on shore at a distance to include each of the competing craft. Photog... more

Palace of Varied Industries

Palace of Varied Industries

Postcard shows an ornate building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis. G 6752 U.S. Copyright Office. "A Glimpse of the World's Wonder #14" Copyright 1904, Lou. Pur. Exp. Co. Samuel Cupples Envel... more

Education and Mines and Metallurgy Buildings from the terrace, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Education and Mines and Metallurgy Buildings from the terrace, Louisia...

H54989 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 28. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Festival Hall from across the Grand Basin, St. Louis Exposition, 1904

Festival Hall from across the Grand Basin, St. Louis Exposition, 1904

H49113 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item.

Wireless telegraph station from statues of La Salle and Marquette, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Wireless telegraph station from statues of La Salle and Marquette, Wor...

H52225 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3086. Title from item.

Where heavenly music and murmuring waters lull the weary to rest, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Where heavenly music and murmuring waters lull the weary to rest, Loui...

H54620 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15107. Title from item.

Festival Hall, Cascade Gardens from across the Grand Basin, St. Louis World's Fair

Festival Hall, Cascade Gardens from across the Grand Basin, St. Louis ...

H52753 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 107. Title from item.

After the battle victorious British awaiting arrival of Boer prisoners, Paardeburg, Boer War, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

After the battle victorious British awaiting arrival of Boer prisoners...

H 54647 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 15152.

Looking S. W. between Manufactures and Liberal Arts Bldgs., to Festival Hall World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Iowa, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Iowa, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase Worl...

H49907 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5725.

Grand Basin, Festival Hall, and Colonnade of States at night, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Grand Basin, Festival Hall, and Colonnade of States at night, Louisian...

H61013 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8526. Title from item.