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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.
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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.

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

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 Mines and Mining Building from South Gallery

Interior of the Mines and Mining Building while under construction at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

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

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.

Turkish porters

Turkish porters

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

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

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.

[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.

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.

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.

Turkish sedan chair

Turkish sedan chair

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

The Grand Basin

The Grand Basin

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

View of the World's Fair, from the Plaisance

View of the World's Fair, from the Plaisance

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

Opening day, 1893

Opening day, 1893

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

Rain-In-The-Face. (Sioux Indian) / A. Zeese & Co., Chi.

Rain-In-The-Face. (Sioux Indian) / A. Zeese & Co., Chi.

Rain-In-The-Face, half-length portrait, facing slightly right, in traditional Sioux costume.

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