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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: Library Of CongressDated: 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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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.

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.

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

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

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

Kansas City's crack team of Midland Camp carrying state banner, M. W. A. parade, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Kansas City's crack team of Midland Camp carrying state banner, M. W. ...

H 51419 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3124. Title from item.

Floral clock and north end of Palace of Agriculture, from Ceylon Building, St. Louis World's Fair.

Floral clock and north end of Palace of Agriculture, from Ceylon Build...

H52973 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. S. 136.

The great entrance to the Palace of Manufactures, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
View of Grand Basin and Palace of Varied Industries, lighted by thousands of electric lights, St. Louis Fair

View of Grand Basin and Palace of Varied Industries, lighted by thousa...

H52782 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S.155. Title from item.

Palace of Electricity, night.

Palace of Electricity, night.

H50895 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 23. Title from item.

West pavilion and floral garden, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

West pavilion and floral garden, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Lo...

H49441 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15009. Title from item.

Mines and Metallurgy and the Liberal Arts Building from east cascade terrace showing eastern lagoon and Wireless Telegraph Tower, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904.

Mines and Metallurgy and the Liberal Arts Building from east cascade t...

H50389 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8465. 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.

Boers working a field gun, Boer War, World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.

Boers working a field gun, Boer War, World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.

H 61012 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8598. Title from item.

Imperial Japanese gardens and Exposition from half way up the ferris wheel, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Imperial Japanese gardens and Exposition from half way up the ferris w...

H62347 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15435. Title from item.

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.

Columbia

Columbia

Photograph shows portrait of Inuit girl, Nancy Columbia, and dog taken at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Missouri, 1904. H55952 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyrighted 1905 by Gerhard Sisters, St. Louis, Mo. Tit... more

Festival Hall, beautiful and imposing, the pivot of the great Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Festival Hall, beautiful and imposing, the pivot of the great Expositi...

H49338 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3. 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.

Panoramic view, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Panoramic view, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.

H53331 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item.

Its gushing fountains beauteous to the eye, make all the place seem a fairyland, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Its gushing fountains beauteous to the eye, make all the place seem a ...

H51405 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3196. Title from item.

U. S. Government Building, from Education Building over Sunken Gardens, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.

U. S. Government Building, from Education Building over Sunken Gardens...

H53804 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 9. Title from item.

East lagoon and Palaces of Education and Manufactures, north from the German Building, Louisiana Puchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

East lagoon and Palaces of Education and Manufactures, north from the ...

H53875 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8497. Title from item.

Festival Hall and Terraces of States, World's Fair Grounds, St. Louis, Mo.

Festival Hall and Terraces of States, World's Fair Grounds, St. Louis,...

H53176 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 248. Title from item.

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.

"Destiny of the Red Man" statue in Sunken Gardens, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

"Destiny of the Red Man" statue in Sunken Gardens, Louisiana Purchase ...

H49446 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15035. Title from item.

From Colonnade east over fountains and statues to Mines and Metallurgy Bldg., World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Palace of Education from the Main Cascade and Festival Hill, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Palace of Education from the Main Cascade and Festival Hill, World's F...

H52293 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5924.

Festival Hall and cascades from Electricity Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Festival Hall and cascades from Electricity Building, Louisiana Purcha...

H54233 U.S. Copyright Office. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Illumination of cascades and Festival Hall at night. World's Fair, St. Louis
Countless thousands on St. Louis Plaza, St. Louis Day, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Countless thousands on St. Louis Plaza, St. Louis Day, Louisiana Purch...

H54627 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15132. Title from item.

Night at the World's Fair, illuminations on great exhibit buildings reflected in the Basin, St. Louis,  U.S.A.

Night at the World's Fair, illuminations on great exhibit buildings re...

H55133 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 1 Title from item.

Western Cascade & pavilion from cascade base, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Western Cascade & pavilion from cascade base, World's Fair, St. Louis,...

H52287 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5918.

An architectural dream, past Palaces of Mines (on right) and Liberal Arts (on left) to U. S. Government Building, World's Fair, St. Louis,
Navajos

Navajos

Group of Pueblo Indians, three men in front holding snakes, two Caucasian men in center. H56693 U.S. Copyright Office. Title taken from item. Copyright by Gerhard Sisters. On verso: Faded image of girl reclining on sofa.

"New Jerusalem", Cascade Hill, and central group of Exposition Bldgs. from the ferris wheel, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

"New Jerusalem", Cascade Hill, and central group of Exposition Bldgs. ...

H51736 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5760.

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.

DeWitt Clinton railway train

DeWitt Clinton railway train

Photograph shows a DeWitt Clinton train on display. Copyright 1904 by Louisiana Purchase Exposition Co. No. 5003. Title from item.

Imposing Louisiana Purchase Monument, commemorating the Louisiana Acquisition of 1803, Plaza of St. Louis, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Imposing Louisiana Purchase Monument, commemorating the Louisiana Acqu...

H53516 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8475. Title from item.

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

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

H50455 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 11562. Sold only by Griffith & Griffith. Title from item.

Towards the De Forest Tower from Plaza of St. Louis, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Towards the De Forest Tower from Plaza of St. Louis, World's Fair, St....

H52922 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3300. Title from item.

Machinery Hall from across central and eastern cascade, World's Fair St. Louis, 1904

Machinery Hall from across central and eastern cascade, World's Fair S...

H52297 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5928.

"Spring" and "Bacchante," Italian statuary, Manufactures Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

"Spring" and "Bacchante," Italian statuary, Manufactures Building, Lou...

H62328 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15186. Title from item.

After the Battle of Colenso, Boer War exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Palace of Varied Industries, considered one of the most striking examples of exposition buildings, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Palace of Varied Industries, considered one of the most striking examp...

H49920 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5738.

Celebrating a century's advance, boat parade passing Electricity Bldg., World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.
From West Pavilion, N. over lagoon between Electricity (R.) and Machinery Bldgs., World's Fair, St. Louis

From West Pavilion, N. over lagoon between Electricity (R.) and Machin...

H53822 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 48.

Grand approach to Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

Grand approach to Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

H51312 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8461. Title from item.

Transportation and Machinery Buildings and from New York to North Pole exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

Transportation and Machinery Buildings and from New York to North Pole...

H49359 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8455. Title from item.

Electrical Building at night, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.

Electrical Building at night, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.

H49123 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item.

The magnificent grand stairway of Cascade Gardens, showing German Bldg. in distance, St. Louis Fair

The magnificent grand stairway of Cascade Gardens, showing German Bldg...

H52757 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 111. Title from item.

Palace of Transportation, covering 16 acres the 2nd largest of exposition buildings, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

Palace of Transportation, covering 16 acres the 2nd largest of exposit...

H49921 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5739.

Grand Basin, Festival Hall and Terrace of States from Education Building, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Grand Basin, Festival Hall and Terrace of States from Education Buildi...

H61005 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8517. Title from item.

As if chalked with fire against the lucky sky, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

As if chalked with fire against the lucky sky, World's Fair, St. Louis...

H49799 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3071. Title from item.

World's Fair officials in parade on St. Louis Day, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

World's Fair officials in parade on St. Louis Day, World's Fair, St. L...

H 53092 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 255.

"Esquimau woman"

"Esquimau woman"

Photograph shows portrait of an Inuit woman taken at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Missouri, 1904. Title from item.

Some of the crafts of lagoon navigation, World's Fair, St. Louis

Some of the crafts of lagoon navigation, World's Fair, St. Louis

H53547 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 90. Sold only by Up To Date View Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. Title from item.

Graceful gondolas on the Grand Basin below Festival Hall, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
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.

The beautiful Festival Hall and part of grand stairway, St. Louis, World's Fair

The beautiful Festival Hall and part of grand stairway, St. Louis, Wor...

H52749 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 102. Title from item.

[Opening day crowd around large column at Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904]

[Opening day crowd around large column at Louisiana Purchase Expositio...

Photoprint copyrighted by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Co. This record contains unverified data from caption card. Caption card tracings: Exh.; Monuments.

Floral clock and the ferris wheel, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Floral clock and the ferris wheel, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. ...

H54610 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15075. Title from item.

Millions paused to listen to the "Laughing Waters" of the World's Fair as they poured into the Grand Basin, St. Louis, Mo., 1904

Millions paused to listen to the "Laughing Waters" of the World's Fair...

H62035 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 628. Title from item.

Grand entrance to Education and Social Economy Building, Louisaina Purchase Exposition

Grand entrance to Education and Social Economy Building, Louisaina Pur...

H54292 U.S. Copyright Office. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Machinery Palace filled with the wonders of modern invention (view S. E. ), World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Palace of Electricity at night, looking from lower west cascade, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Palace of Electricity at night, looking from lower west cascade, Louis...

H53512 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8509. Title from item.

Filipino village, Agricultural Building in distance, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Filipino village, Agricultural Building in distance, Louisiana Purchas...

H54577 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15042. Copyright by B.L. Singley.

Japan in America - pretty maids in garden before a Japanese tea-house, World's Fair, St. Louis, U.S.A.

Japan in America - pretty maids in garden before a Japanese tea-house,...

H49646 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Underwood & Underwood.

A vista of the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

A vista of the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

H64754 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 118. Sold only by Up To Date View Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. Title from item.

Plaza St. Louis N. E. from the center of Grand Basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.

Plaza St. Louis N. E. from the center of Grand Basin, World's Fair, St...

H52249 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5832.

Government Building from Daniel Boone Bridge over south lagoon, Liberal Arts Building on left, Mines on right, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Government Building from Daniel Boone Bridge over south lagoon, Libera...

H59788 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8560. Title from item.

Tired World's Fair visitors resting at the Sunken Gardens, World's Fair Grounds, St. Louis, Mo.

Tired World's Fair visitors resting at the Sunken Gardens, World's Fai...

H53144 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 202. Title from item.

Louisiana Monument and Palace of Varied Industries, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Louisiana Monument and Palace of Varied Industries, World's Fair, St. ...

H53558 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 81. Sold only by Up To Date View Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. Title from item.

"A midsummer-night's dream" - Moonlight on the Grand Basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

"A midsummer-night's dream" - Moonlight on the Grand Basin, World's Fa...

H49617 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3060. Title from item.

Bust of President Roosevelt sculptured in butter, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Bust of President Roosevelt sculptured in butter, Louisiana Purchase E...

H54266 U.S. Copyright Office. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

View between Transportation and Machinery Buildings, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

View between Transportation and Machinery Buildings, World's Fair, St....

H53168 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 228. 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.

Magic splendor of electric blaze - Festival Hall and fountains in Basin, World's Fair,  St. Louis,  U.S.A.

Magic splendor of electric blaze - Festival Hall and fountains in Basi...

H53794 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 54. No. 2. Title from item.

Grand illumination of Varied Industries Building and waterway, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
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.

Machinery building at night, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Machinery building at night, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis,...

H52477 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8512. Title from item.

A section of the World's Fair grounds as seen from the ferris wheel, St. Louis, Mo. 1904

A section of the World's Fair grounds as seen from the ferris wheel, S...

H53149 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 220. Title from item.

Looking south across the beautiful cascades, Festival Hall at right, St. Louis Purchase Exposition, 1904

Looking south across the beautiful cascades, Festival Hall at right, S...

H51899 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8470. Title from item.

Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Mines and Mining Building, Sunken Gardens and Liberal Arts Building.
Beautifully illuminated Festival Hall from West Cascade, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Beautifully illuminated Festival Hall from West Cascade, Louisiana Pur...

H52475 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8508. Title from item.

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.

The Palace of Varied Industries, a magnificent building covering 14 acres and costing $2,604,000, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

The Palace of Varied Industries, a magnificent building covering 14 ac...

H51725 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 5749.

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