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World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893Created by: PICRYLDated: 1894
Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
The World's Columbian Exposition, was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. The iconic centerpiece of the Fair, the large water pool, represented the long voyage Columbus took to the New World. The Exposition was an influential social and cultural event and had a profound effect on architecture, sanitation, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism.
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[Four boys posed at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago]

[Four boys posed at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago]

Photograph damaged. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection.

Javanese Gamelan Orchestra and Topeng masked dancers, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago

Javanese Gamelan Orchestra and Topeng masked dancers, World's Columbia...

Photoprint by Frances Benjamin Johnston. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions; Java; Dance; Music.

The Columbian Exposition will be completely illustrated in Harper's Weekly, 1891, 1892

The Columbian Exposition will be completely illustrated in Harper's We...

Two views of the Exposition. Copyrighted by Harper & -ers. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card.

Fire engine at World's Columbian Exposition grounds while buildings were under construction

Fire engine at World's Columbian Exposition grounds while buildings we...

Photograph shows two men operating steam powered fire engine; thick black smoke blows from steamer. No. 424. Title from item.

Rowboat from "A Scamper through the States: being an illustrated guide to the World's Fair of 1893. To which is added an Account of the Columbian Exposition, by James Dredge, etc"

Rowboat from "A Scamper through the States: being an illustrated guide...

This image has been taken from scan 000118 from "A Scamper through the States: being an illustrated guide to the World's Fair of 1893. To which is added an Account of the Columbian Exposition, by James Dredge, ... more

World's Fair dedication / J.W. Taylor, Chicago.

World's Fair dedication / J.W. Taylor, Chicago.

"Military parade on Michigan Boulevard," Chicago. 36698 U.S. Copyright Office. Dedication Day of World's Columbian Exposition was Oct. 21, 1892. Source: Bolotin, N. The World's Columbian Exposition, c1992, p. ... more

Transportation Bldg. [being built], World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago

Transportation Bldg. [being built], World's Columbian Exposition, Chic...

Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions.

Manufacturus [sic] and Liberal Arts building, Worlds Fair, Chicago, U.S.A.

Manufacturus [sic] and Liberal Arts building, Worlds Fair, Chicago, U....

48240X U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright 1892, by Strohmeyer & Wyman.

map from "A Scamper through the States: being an illustrated guide to the World's Fair of 1893. To which is added an Account of the Columbian Exposition, by James Dredge, etc"

map from "A Scamper through the States: being an illustrated guide to ...

This image has been taken from scan 000073 from "A Scamper through the States: being an illustrated guide to the World's Fair of 1893. To which is added an Account of the Columbian Exposition, by James Dredge, ... more

[Japanese carpenters and stone masons in distinctive native attire starting to construct Japanese Pavilion at World Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893: posed on site of construction]

[Japanese carpenters and stone masons in distinctive native attire sta...

Sepia photo copyrighted by C.D. Arnold. No. 1. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Construction; Pile drivers; Exhibitions 1893; Japanese in U.S.; Shelf.

Souvenir map of the World's Columbian Exposition at Jackson Park and Midway Plaisance, Chicago, Ill, U.S. A. 1893 /

Souvenir map of the World's Columbian Exposition at Jackson Park and M...

"Assisted by: D.H. Roberts, H.M. Schnepff, Heinze Bro's.; Draughtsmen, Surveys & Grades Dep't. W.C.E." Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.

Interior of Mines and Mining Building from South Gallery

Interior of Mines and Mining Building from South Gallery

Interior of the Mines and Mining Building while under construction at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago. 27791 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 22.

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.: Long boat on Venetian canal

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.: Long boat on Venetian can...

Title and other information transcribed from unverified, old caption card data and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions Illinois; Shelf.

[Palace of Mechanic Arts and lagoon at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]

[Palace of Mechanic Arts and lagoon at the World's Columbian Expositio...

Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress). Photograph made by Photoduplication Service from original glass negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Published in: Eyes of the nation : a visual his... more

Rand, McNally & Co.'s continental view of the World's Columbian exposition, Chicago, U.S.A., 1893

Rand, McNally & Co.'s continental view of the World's Columbian exposi...

G140 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Rand, McNally & Co. Check: there is a ? in front of the copyright number.

The World's Fair, East [i.e. west] entrance to Manufacturer's Building

The World's Fair, East [i.e. west] entrance to Manufacturer's Building

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill. 42196Y U.S. Copyright Office. Copyrighted by Souvenir Photo Co. No. 36.

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with desc...

This image has been taken from scan 000057 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

Fisheries Building from Wooded Island

Fisheries Building from Wooded Island

35936Y U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photographic Co., Chicago.

MacMonnies Fountain and Machinery Hall, World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, Ill.

MacMonnies Fountain and Machinery Hall, World's Columbian Exhibition, ...

38883Y U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exhibition buildings Illinois; Shelf.

["Cannibals carrying their master", World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

["Cannibals carrying their master", World's Columbian Exposition, Chic...

56802Y U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photographic Co., Chicago.

[Street of Cairo section of the Midway at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]
Turkish porters

Turkish porters

Turkish porters carrying a large crate on a pole, at the World's Columbian Exposition.

[Lagoon looking east from Transportation Building]

[Lagoon looking east from Transportation Building]

35933Y U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photographic Co., Chicago.

[Fisheries at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, with three photographers in foreground]

[Fisheries at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893, with three ...

Copyright by C.D. Arnold. A.W. Pentland, collector. In album, p. 74.

dining car from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

dining car from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, wi...

This image has been taken from scan 000032 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

[Crowd waiting for balloon ascension, World's Columbian Exposition,Chicago, Ill.]

[Crowd waiting for balloon ascension, World's Columbian Exposition,Chi...

55602Y2 U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photographic Co., Chicago.

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Description: At the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. A view of the reflecting pool traversed by several bridges and several Exposition buildings. The large dome of one of the buildings is visible i... more

[World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: dome and rotunda of U.S. Govt. Bldg.

[World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: dome and ro...

Photo copyrighted by Souvenir Photos Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI WORKS; Glass; Exhibitions 1893; Buildings U.S. Government; Shelf.

[Far-Away-Moses with woman in Middle Eastern dress at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]

[Far-Away-Moses with woman in Middle Eastern dress at World's Columbia...

56813Y U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

Pennsylvania from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

Pennsylvania from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, ...

This image has been taken from scan 000060 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

Opening of the World's Fair / The Knapp Co. lith., N.Y.

Opening of the World's Fair / The Knapp Co. lith., N.Y.

Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, with insert of head-and-shoulders portrait of Grover Cleveland. 51630Y U.S. Copyright Office.

[Works of art hanging on wall, in Columbus room, at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]

[Works of art hanging on wall, in Columbus room, at World's Columbian ...

55570Y U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photograph Co., Chicago.

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Description: Close up of the fountains and sculpture of the 'Court of Honor' at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893. Buildings of the Exposition can be seen in the background. The Smithsonian coordin... more

A hint from the world's fair - why not have a "bureau of public comfort" in every large city? / F. Opper.

A hint from the world's fair - why not have a "bureau of public comfor...

Print shows a vignette cartoon with, at center, a place for Republican's to go to commiserate while awaiting the next election with such stalwart Republicans as George F. Edmunds, John Sherman, William M. Evart... more

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Description: At the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, visitors ride in a gondola in the 'Court of Honor.' The Smithsonian coordinated all of the U.S. Government exhibits and prepared a display on it... more

Bird's-eye view of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

Bird's-eye view of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

Title from item. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Rand, McNally.

Mahbouba Um Zunuba. (Soudanese woman.) / Franklin Co. Eng., Chi.

Mahbouba Um Zunuba. (Soudanese woman.) / Franklin Co. Eng., Chi.

Mahbouba Um Zanuba, half-length portrait, facing slightly left, in traditional Sudanese costume. Copyright 1893 by Place & Coover. Illus. in: Oriental portrait types of the midway plaisance. St. Louis, Mo. : Pu... more

[Exposition grounds, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago]
[Woman's Building, World Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill. View from across water]

[Woman's Building, World Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill. View from...

Photo copyrighted by Souvenir Photo Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions; Women Misc.

[Silver statue of Justice in exhibit hall, Montana exhibit, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

[Silver statue of Justice in exhibit hall, Montana exhibit, World's Co...

55575Y1 U.S. Copyright Office. "Copyrighted 1893 by Souvenir Photo Co."

[Ill. - Chicago - World's Columbian Exp. (Woman's Bldg.): interior of library]

[Ill. - Chicago - World's Columbian Exp. (Woman's Bldg.): interior of ...

Photo copyrighted by C.D. Arnold. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

Midway Plaisance and balloon, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.

Midway Plaisance and balloon, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, I...

36916Y U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions Illinois; Shelf.

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with desc...

This image has been taken from scan 000025 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

[Large group of firemen posed with horse-drawn fire equipment. Columbian Exposition]

[Large group of firemen posed with horse-drawn fire equipment. Columbi...

Photograph shows panoramic view of fire fighters standing on top of firefighting equipment; three men stand with horses. Title devised by Library staff.

Palace of Mechanic Arts, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.

Palace of Mechanic Arts, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.

Title and other information transcribed from caption card and item. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions 1893.

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Description: At the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, a view of some of the fair buildings around the reflecting pool. The Smithsonian coordinated all of the U.S. Government exhibits and prepared a di... more

United States Capitol from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

United States Capitol from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exp...

This image has been taken from scan 000071 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with desc...

This image has been taken from scan 000105 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

[Figure of "I Will," in archway above entrance, Chicago Day, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

[Figure of "I Will," in archway above entrance, Chicago Day, World's C...

56807Y1 U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photographic Co., Chicago.

Mahomet El Bashse. (Egyptian camel driver) / Franklin Co., Eng., Chi.

Mahomet El Bashse. (Egyptian camel driver) / Franklin Co., Eng., Chi.

Mahomet El Bashse, half-length portrait, facing left, in traditional Egyptian costume. Copyright by Place & Coover. Illus. in: Oriental portrait types of the midway plaisance. St. Louis, Mo. : published by N.D.... more

[Ceylon tea house at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

[Ceylon tea house at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

55573y U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

Hadji Abeet. (Greek brigand.) / Franklin Co. Eng., Chi.

Hadji Abeet. (Greek brigand.) / Franklin Co. Eng., Chi.

Hadji Abeet, full-length portrait, facing left, in traditional Greek costume. Copyright 1893 by Place & Coover. Illus. in: Oriental portrait types of the midway plaisance. St. Louis, Mo. : Published by N.D. Tho... more

[World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: allegorical mural and grain exhibit of Butte County, Calif.

[World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: allegorical...

Photo copyrighted by Souvenir Photos Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI WORKS; Agriculture; California B- Co.; Glass; Exhibitions 1893; Shelf.

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with desc...

This image has been taken from scan 000013 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

Transportation Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

Transportation Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illino...

Exterior with water in foreground. Copyright by Allegeier Co., Chicago, Ill. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exhibitions 1893; Shelf.

[British Day crowds crossing bridge at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

[British Day crowds crossing bridge at World's Columbian Exposition, C...

56814Y1 U.S. Copyright Office. One of set of photographs issued by Souvenir Photogr. Co., Chicago.

[Ill. - Chicago - World's Columbian Exp. (Woman's Bldg.): panoramic view of interior from balcony]

[Ill. - Chicago - World's Columbian Exp. (Woman's Bldg.): panoramic vi...

Photo copyrighted by C.D. Arnold. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf.

[Elephants ivory saddle, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago Ill.]

[Elephants ivory saddle, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago Ill.]

56806Y U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photographic Co., Chicago.

Interior of Manufactures Building, at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicalo, Ill.

Interior of Manufactures Building, at the World's Columbian Exposition...

Photograph shows interior of large exhibition building with variety of items on display. Copyright 1893 by C. D. Arnold. Title from item.

[Entrance to Street of Cairo section of the Midway at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]
[Exposition grounds, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago]
Esquimaux woman #1 / Coover, 70 State Street, Chicago.

Esquimaux woman #1 / Coover, 70 State Street, Chicago.

Photograph shows portrait of an Eskimo woman at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago. 431 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item.

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893

Description: At the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, visitors walk along pathways and bridges between several of the fair buildings. The Smithsonian coordinated all of the U.S. Government exhibits an... more

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

map from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with desc...

This image has been taken from scan 000085 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

Allegheny Mountains from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

Allegheny Mountains from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Expos...

This image has been taken from scan 000042 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

Cartuja of Miraflores from "In the Wake of Columbus. Adventures of the Special Commissioner sent by the World's Columbian Exposition to the West Indies ... With ... illustrations, etc"

Cartuja of Miraflores from "In the Wake of Columbus. Adventures of the...

This image has been taken from scan 000073 from "In the Wake of Columbus. Adventures of the Special Commissioner sent by the World's Columbian Exposition to the West Indies ... With ... illustrations, etc". The... more

Turkish sedan chair

Turkish sedan chair

Turkish men carrying a woman in a sedan chair, at the World's Columbian Exposition. 14843y U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item.

The Grand Basin

The Grand Basin

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 33784Y1 U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir photography company, Chicago.

Pennsylvania from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

Pennsylvania from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, ...

This image has been taken from scan 000068 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

[World's Columbian Expo., Chicago, 1892: Palace of Mechnical Arts, rt. front]

[World's Columbian Expo., Chicago, 1892: Palace of Mechnical Arts, rt....

Photo copyrighted by Allgeir Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf. Exhibitions.

[World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: entrance to French sect., Manufacturers Bldg.

[World's Columbian Exhibition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: entrance to...

Photo copyrighted by Souvenir Photos Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: BI WORKS; Agriculture; Ca. B- Co.; Glass; Exhibitions 1893; Shelf.

Far-Away-Moses. Jew / A. Zeese & Co., Chi.

Far-Away-Moses. Jew / A. Zeese & Co., Chi.

Far-Away-Moses, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, in traditional Turkish costume. Copyright 1893 by Place & Coover. Illus. in: Oriental portrait types of the midway plaisance. St. Louis, Mo. : Publishe... more

[Blarney Castle at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

[Blarney Castle at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Ill.]

56832y U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

Juniata Valley from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete description of the Exposition grounds and buildings ... Second edition"

Juniata Valley from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition...

This image has been taken from scan 000016 from "Pennsylvania Railroad to the Columbian Exposition, with descriptive notes of ... New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Chicago, and a complete descripti... more

[World's Columbian Expo., Chicago, 1892: Manufacturers Building, rt. front]

[World's Columbian Expo., Chicago, 1892: Manufacturers Building, rt. f...

Photo copyrighted by Allgeir Co. This record contains unverified, old data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Shelf. Exhibitions.