Chicago World's Fair - 1893
Today there are many other events for our entertainment and pleasure, but there was really no competition at that time so people flocked to the fairs. Between Reconstruction and World War I, (1876-1916) there were twelve international expositions in America: Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego, New Orleans, Portland, Saint Louis, Nashville, Seattle, Omaha, Buffalo, and San Francisco all hosted fairs.
The first world's fair was held in London at the famous Crystal Palace. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert sponsored it as an experiment. Could an international exposition stimulate new inventions, world commerce and manufacturing processes in industry? Yes, indeed. Two years later the United States hosted its own world's fair - it was held in New York. It covered 13 acres and cost almost $750,000. Nearly a million and a half people attended. It was so successful at promoting international trade and technological advances that many future fairs and international expos were scheduled.
Twenty-one million people attended. Edison's light bulb, Tesla's electric coil and other electrical inventions were on display. Westinghouse Electric Corporation lit the fair.
"Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. They record the world's advancement. They stimulate the intellect of the people and quicken human genius," said President William McKinley, shortly before his assassination at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo.
Chicago's World Fair 1893
In 1984, the World Expo was held at New Orleans, Louisiana. Hubby and I were in NOLA at the time and did go. I don't remember a whole lot about it other than it was crowded and hot. I remember there was quite a controversy over the mermaids welcoming you at the front gate. See for yourself! We did enjoy our trip to New Orleans. We didn't go specifically to go to the fair. Hubby had completed a job over $1 million under budget so he was given the trip as an "atta boy" so to speak. I got to go if we paid any extra for the airline ticket and for my own meals, etc. We just happened to have extra money right then (divine intervention?) so I got to go. I will always remember it!
New Orleans World Fair
I had my first (and last) mint julep there. It was nothing like I expected. Syrupy sweet.
Anyway, that's all for tonight and for fairs and expos. I think we should have gone to the Tillamook County Fair this year but the timing was off - didn't fit into our schedule. Maybe next year.
Ta ta for now,