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World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 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.
Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
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Fire engine at World's Columbian Exposition grounds while buildings were under construction

Photograph shows two men operating steam powered fire engine; thick black smoke blows from steamer.

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

"Military parade on Michigan Boulevard," Chicago.

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.

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"

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

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"

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

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

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

Pavillon de la République d'Haïti à Exposition Universelle de Chicago, 1893

Illustration shows exterior view of the pavilion for the Republic of Haiti at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.

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

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

Photograph shows portrait of an Eskimo woman at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

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.

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

Mr. D. Joseph (East Indian.) / Franklin Co. Eng., Chi.

Mr. D. Joseph, half-length portrait, facing left, in traditional Ceylonese costume.

Union of all nations / Th. Nast, 1893.

Patriotic drawing commemorating the Naval Review held in New York Harbor in connection with the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. The drawing shows a young woman holding a paper labeled "Th... more

Turkish porters

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

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

Photograph shows panoramic view of fire fighters standing on top of firefighting equipment; three men stand with horses.

Opening day, 1893

Crowds of people at the opening day of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

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

Photograph shows interior of large exhibition building with variety of items on display.

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

Hadji Abeet, full-length portrait, facing left, in traditional Greek costume.

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

Far-Away-Moses, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, in traditional Turkish costume.

View of the World's Fair, from the Plaisance

Photograph shows bird's-eye view of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

Turkish sedan chair

Turkish men carrying a woman in a sedan chair, at the World's Columbian Exposition.

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

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

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

The Grand Basin

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

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

Mahbouba Um Zanuba, half-length portrait, facing slightly left, in traditional Sudanese costume.

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

Mahomet El Bashse, half-length portrait, facing left, in traditional Egyptian costume.