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Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904

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

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

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

At the speaker's platform, President Theodore Roosevelt prepares to enter a carriage.

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

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.

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.

The zenith of beauty, Art Hill, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

The zenith of beauty, Art Hill, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Lou...

H54624 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15111. Title from item.

Pharus-map World's Fair St. Louis, 1904.

Pharus-map World's Fair St. Louis, 1904.

Available also through the Library of Congress web site as a raster image.

Festival Hall and Grand Basin, showing fountains, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904
Looking down through the ferris wheel at the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo., 1904

Looking down through the ferris wheel at the World's Fair, St. Louis, ...

H53100 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 218. 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.

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.

[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.

Festal beauty of leaping fountains and noble exhibit buildings around basin, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Festival Hall and the Cascades from the East Court, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Festival Hall and the Cascades from the East Court, Louisiana Purchase...

H49438 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15006. 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.

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.

"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.

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.

Palace of Electricity, night.

Palace of Electricity, night.

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

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.

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.

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.

Artillery in action, Battle of Modder River, Boer War exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Artillery in action, Battle of Modder River, Boer War exhibit, Louisia...

H 55040 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 145. Title from item.

Cowboys "Shooting up the Town," statue on St. Louis Plaza, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U. S. A.

Cowboys "Shooting up the Town," statue on St. Louis Plaza, Louisiana P...

H62338 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15014. 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.

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.

Chinese girls

Chinese girls

Photograph shows portrait of Chinese girls taken at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Missouri.

Remington's jolly "Cowboys off the Trail," (sculpture), on the festive Pike, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Remington's jolly "Cowboys off the Trail," (sculpture), on the festive...

H55077 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 43. Title from item.

Grand Basin and Palaces of Education and Manufacture from Festival Hall, St. Louis World's Fair

Grand Basin and Palaces of Education and Manufacture from Festival Hal...

H52763 U.S. Copyright Office. No. S. 117. Title from item.

"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.

A glimpse of Oriental life - mysterious Asia, World's Fair, St. Louis

A glimpse of Oriental life - mysterious Asia, World's Fair, St. Louis

Three women on camels, man with drum and man with horn. Copyright by C.L. Wasson.

Liberal Arts Palace

Liberal Arts Palace

Postcard shows an ornate building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis. G 6755 U.S. Copyright Office. "A Glimpse of the World's Wonder #17" Copyright 1904, Lou. Pur. Exp. Co. Samuel Cupples Envel... more

View magnificent, Grand Basin and Plaza St. Louis from the cascades, Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

View magnificent, Grand Basin and Plaza St. Louis from the cascades, L...

H54980 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 12. The Universal Photo Art Co. The Art Nouveau (Platino) Stereograph. Title from item.

Beautiful landscape gardening and upper cascade, Festival Hall, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo.

Beautiful landscape gardening and upper cascade, Festival Hall, Louisi...

H50830 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 3153. Title from item.

Terrace of States, showing statues of Nebraska, North Dakota and Montana, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, U. S. A.

Terrace of States, showing statues of Nebraska, North Dakota and Monta...

H61594 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 8548. Title from item.

The magnificent Palaces of Education and Varied Industries, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904

The magnificent Palaces of Education and Varied Industries, World's Fa...

H52213 U.S. Copyright Office. Title from item. No. 23147.

Sunken Garden and Palace of Mines and Metallurgy, World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo.

Sunken Garden and Palace of Mines and Metallurgy, World's Fair, St. Lo...

H53545 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 71. Sold only by Up To Date View Co., Salt Lake City, Utah. Title from item.

From Festival Hall Pavilion N.W. over basin to Louisiana Purchase Monument, World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
Sunken Gardens - Mines and Metallurgy and U.S. Govt. Bldgs., St. Louis, U. S. A.
An architectural dream, past Palaces of Mines (on right) and Liberal Arts (on left) to U. S. Government Building, World's Fair, St. Louis,
From Colonnade east over fountains and statues to Mines and Metallurgy Bldg., World's Fair, St. Louis, U. S. A.
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.

Prize winning automobile float at Louisiana Purchase Monument, Liberal Arts Parade, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.

Prize winning automobile float at Louisiana Purchase Monument, Liberal...

H 54639 U.S. Copyright Office. No. 15144. Title from item.