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Louisiana Purchase Exposition: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

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Louisiana Purchase Exposition: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Introduction

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.


The Collection

The collection consists of materials produced in connection with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904, including broadsides; lithographic views; photographic view books; The World’s fair bulletin, a monthly publication running from 1900 through 1904; James Buel’s eleven-volume Louisiana and the Fair; an exposition of the world, its people and their achievements, and Mark Bennett's History of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

Rights and Reproductions

All pages may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Please contact Digitization@missouri.edu for more information.


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