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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chicago 1893




My presentation for Coloradolady's Vintage Thingies Thursday is really back in time. If you would like to see many other interesting vintage features, go to http://coloradolady.blogspot.com.



The World's Columbian Exposition, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus voyage to America, was held April to October in 1893. It covered 686 acres. It is reported that more than 27 million people attended this event. It really must have been a grand occasion for that many people to visit.

Top photo is the Art Building and the bottom is looking South of the Lagoon.
Here in the top is Mining Building. Bottom Horticulture Building.

Top is the Agricultural Building and bottom Fish and Fisheries Building.

Top is Transportation Building and below it is the Manufactures and Decorative Arts building.
This is the Machinery Hall.
Not to make this post too long, included these as one shot.

35 comments:

La said...

What an interesting bit of history. Visitors must have traveled for days to attend.

Ginny said...

Really interesting. How do you happen to have his souvenir book of pictures?

AshTreeCottage said...

I am originally from the Chicago area ~ so this is a very extra special Vintage Thingie for me!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Very interesting. Quite a bit of information and some great photos. Great job.
QMM

Tete said...

LV, always love your posts. I have seen images of this before but I have not seen anything like this. It was a grand occassion and people from all over attended. It was the IN thing to do and so many traveled by train to get there.
Thanks for sharing- Tete

bj said...

This is so interesting, LV. You have a sweet way of showing us parts of history without it being boring. I really enjoyed this post. I've never been to the Windy City but would love to go one day.
I always just LOVE your posts.
xo bj

Esther is not-quite-perfect said...

So interesting. I have a 1910-ish Paris World expo book somewhere. I am going to see if I dig it up and share it in coloradolady's linky party. Now where did I put it? hmmmm

Zondra Art said...

Interensting post and pictures, I lake it!
I wish you a pleasant Thursday and send a greeting and a kisses:)

Under Her Wings said...

Chicago is a beautiful place. I love the skyline. Our pastors went to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. It is replete with history and beauty, isn't it? Thanks for sharing these pictures. Have a great day. Gloria

Crystal said...

That certainly would have been a sight to see!! Beautiful buildings!

Becky K. said...

I am trying to picture that many people....wow! That is a neat book to have. Thanks for sharing!

Casa Corpo e Cia: O jeito mulherzinha de ser. said...

But what a beautiful description of the profile!
I would appreciate your visit. Thank you.
Have a nice day!

DoanLegacy said...

Oh love, love these vintage photos! They are history books in themselves..

Michelle@ A Full Cottage said...

This is so great. We watched a documentary about this on PBS and it looked so amazing! I wish there would be something like this.

Thanks so much for sharing.

:) Michelle

My Crafty Little Page said...

That is so interesting LV. Also, I love your letter from the lady you sent the card to. That is so sweet of you! :) Nancy

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

LV,
You know I am in love with this era and these were just spectacular to see!! What beautiful architecture!!
Thanks so much for sharing these! I TRULY enjoyed them!!

Hugs,
Deb

Danica said...

Love it! Such a wonderful treasure.

Barbara F. said...

I learn something new every day! This made me think back if anything was done in 1993 for the 500 year anniversary? I can't seem to remember. xo,

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

What a wonderful "keeper." Thank you for sharing it with us.

~♥~

Tracy said...

LV,
Chicago is such an interesting place...thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Hi LV, just dropping in to say hello! Love Chicago, heading there soon!

laxsupermom said...

Such an interesting piece of history! Thanks for sharing.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wow amazing! Love the old photos. Thanks for the history lesson!You always have such great treasures ♥
*hugs*deb

Tynk said...

These pictures are fabulous. I could seriously get lost in that book for hours!
Thanks for stopping by at Ruffles -n- Raspberries and leaving such a funny comment :-)
I read your profile.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the part where you say, "I do what I want, when I want!" Ahhh, a girl after my own heart!
Hope you have a good night,
Sherri

Rebecca said...

What a really neat book-I'd love to own it too!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the old post card books. Reminds me of the 1904 worlds fair ones I see!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Great pics..! Its wonderful to see you took extra care to keep this for future. Thanks for our share.

I need to do cover backlogs here in your blog as I was away for treatment a month or so. Now I am ok!

Have a good day!

Vhincci Subia said...

Nice vintage things! Visiting again... :)

World of Vhincci

Roselle said...

That sure is a trip back in time!
Roselle

Boonie S said...

Great photos. Interesting stuff.

All the best, Boonie

Jann Olson said...

These pictures are priceless! I really enjoyed the bit of history. Thanks for sharing!

Lola said...

Marvellous slice of history!

Have a lovely weekend,

XOXO Lola:)

Aunt Snow said...

Is this the expo that the book "Devil in the White City" was written about? Fascinating to see the pictures. Amazing to think of all those buildings being only "temporary."

Nicole Blean said...

What a great feature for Pink Saturdays! And I love your blog motto. You inspire me. Heck, I am goint to blog into my 100's, too!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blog - and what a wonderful life you are living!
You must must must get yourself a copy of the novel "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larsen. It is a true story of a mass murderer preying on young women in Chicago during the construction of the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It is chock full of info about the Fair and absolutely fascinating. Many historic inventions were created for this fair, among them the Ferris Wheel, and cotton candy, to name just a couple. The book is only a few years old and should be available at your local library. Probably my favourite of the probably hundreds of thousands of books I have ever read! (I read everything, averaging 1-2 books per week).