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

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

Photograph damaged. Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection.

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.

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

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.

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.

[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.

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.

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.

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.

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

[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.

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.

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.

[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.

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

[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.

["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.

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.

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.

[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.

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

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.

[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.

[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

[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

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.

[Entrance to Street of Cairo section of the Midway at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]
The Grand Basin

The Grand Basin

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

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

[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.

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.

[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.

[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.

Opening day, 1893

Opening day, 1893

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

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.

[Parade of Arabian circus, at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]

[Parade of Arabian circus, at World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, I...

36915Y U.S. Copyright Office. Issued by Souvenir Photograph Co., 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. Forms part of: Visual materials from the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Hist... more

[Ill. - Chicago - World's Columbian Exp. (Woman's Bldg.): close-up of mantel in library]

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

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

[World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: Stained glass exhibit of H. Mural, Paris

[World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893 - interiors]: Stained gla...

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

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. Copyright 1893 by Place & Coover. Illus. in: Oriental portrait types of the midway plaisance. St. Louis, Mo. : Published by N.... more

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 (Bird's-eye view)

World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 (Bird's-eye view)

3916 U.S. Copyright Office. This record contains unverified data from PGA shelflist card. Associated name on shelflist card: Chicago Bank.

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

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. Copyright 1893 by Place & Coover. Illus. in: Oriental portrait types of the midway plaisance. St. Louis, Mo. : Publis... more

[Booth in Turkish bazaar, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois]

[Booth in Turkish bazaar, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illin...

56798Y U.S. Copyright Office. Title devised by Library staff.

Daniel Chester French's reproduction of his "Republic" statue stands in Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Chester French's reproduction of his "Republic" statue stands i...

Digital image produced by Carol M. Highsmith to represent her original film transparency; some details may differ between the film and the digital images. The statue was erected to mark the 25th anniversary of ... more

One of 49 Victorian-era stained-glass windows, by the acclaimed J&R Lamb Studios inside the First Presbyterian Church in Orange, Texas

One of 49 Victorian-era stained-glass windows, by the acclaimed J&R La...

Title, date, and keywords based on information provided by the photographer. The windows were purchased by Frances Ann Lutcher and her two daughters at the Columbian World Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where t... more