A Little Sampling From the Chicago World’s Fair 1893

Japan. Ho-o-den or "Phoenix Palace".  Designed by Masamichi Kuru.

Japan. Ho-o-den or “Phoenix Palace”. Designed by Masamichi Kuru.

 

Aztec Temple.

Aztec Temple. Sacrifical alter not included…I think.

The Midway. The balloon pictured was later destroyed in a tornado storm while the Fair was still open.

The Midway. The balloon pictured was later destroyed in a tornado storm while the Fair was still open.

 

Cafe in the Turkish Village.

Cafe in the Turkish Village.

Replica Viking ship.

Replica Viking ship.

Replicas of Columbus' ships. Hopefully not to scale...

Replicas of Columbus’ ships. Hopefully not to scale…

The FIRST Ferris Wheel. What most people today think of as the most boring ride was at the time an unthinkable marvel.

The FIRST Ferris Wheel. What most people today think of as the most boring ride was at the time an unthinkable marvel.

The Electricity Building. Edison and Tesla were both present. A collective defecation was probably experienced by most visiting this building as this was likely the first time ever witnessing electricity. Also, the nerds in our time are probably overcome with the thought of an Edison and Tesla battle.

The Electricity Building. Edison and Tesla were both present. A collective defecation was probably experienced by most visiting this building as this was likely the first time ever witnessing electricity. Also, the nerds in our time are probably overcome with the thought of an Edison and Tesla battle.

The good kind of Water Gate.

The good kind of Water Gate.

The Court of Honor. Reportedly the most popular aspect of the exposition.

The Court of Honor. Reportedly the most popular aspect of the exposition.

Those are people. Still think Disney World is bad?

Those are people. Still think Disney World is bad?

Can't deny Franklin's sultry brow. That'll be 50 cents admission.

Can’t deny Franklin’s sultry brow. That’ll be 50 cents admission.

 

 

Pictures courtesy of Boston College, and Field Musuem.

Information absorbed after reading The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. 2003.

 

 

 

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