The World's Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893

Norman Bolotin Christine Laing

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The World's Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893

The World s Columbian Exposition The Chicago World s Fair of This exceptional chronicle takes readers on a visual tour of the glittering white city that emerged along the swampy south shore of Lake Michigan as a symbol of Chicago s rebirth and pride twenty two

  • Title: The World's Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893
  • Author: Norman Bolotin Christine Laing
  • ISBN: 9780252070815
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • This exceptional chronicle takes readers on a visual tour of the glittering white city that emerged along the swampy south shore of Lake Michigan as a symbol of Chicago s rebirth and pride twenty two years after the Great Fire The World s Columbian Exposition, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus voyage to America, was held from April to October in 1893This exceptional chronicle takes readers on a visual tour of the glittering white city that emerged along the swampy south shore of Lake Michigan as a symbol of Chicago s rebirth and pride twenty two years after the Great Fire The World s Columbian Exposition, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of Columbus voyage to America, was held from April to October in 1893 The monumental event welcomed twenty eight million visitors, covered six hundred acres of land, boasted dozens of architectural wonders, and was home to some sixty five thousand exhibits from all over the world From far and wide, people came to experience the splendors of the fair, to witness the magic sparkle of electric lights or ride the world s first Ferris wheel, known as the Eiffel Tower of Chicago Norman Bolotin and Christine Laing have assembled a dazzling photographic history of the fair Here are panoramic views of the concourse replete with waterways and gondolas, the amazing moving sidewalk, masterful landscaping and horticultural splendors and reproductions of ads, flyers, souvenirs, and keepsakes Here too are the grand structures erected solely for the fair, from the golden doorway of the Transportation Building to the aquariums and ponds of the Fisheries Building, as well as details such as menu prices, the cost to rent a Kodak camera, and injury and arrest reports from the Columbian Guard This unique volume tells the story of the World s Columbian Exposition from its conception and construction to the scientific, architectural, and cultural legacies it left behind, inviting readers to imagine what it would have been like to spend a week at the fair.

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    1. Sharil on said:

      Absolutely fascinating! I've viewed and read or scanned about 3-4 other Columbian Exposition books and apparently have seen/read them in the right order. The others offered great photos and descriptions of the overall fair and major buildings including touching on some of the construction and destruction of the fair. Then I scanned and read excerpts from the Chicago Day book which provided more graphics, background and some delightful perspectives from the view of the amateur photographer and fa [...]

    2. Jen on said:

      Although the full-page photographs are a nice touch, the majority of the book reads like a list of exhibits and attractions rather than spending any significant amount of time on the lasting legacy of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. While informative as to what one might have expected to find on the grounds of the World's Fair, it includes limited analysis or context. The two authors' views of the fair are hyperbolic and grandiose. A better account of the fair would have given more tim [...]

    3. Terry on said:

      I remember my paternal grandmother telling me about her memories as a little girl in 1893 and her astonishment when she saw the amazing wonders of cutting edge technology both present and future that were showcased along The Midway in Chicago.We even have a ticket stub from that event for partial provenance.This book reignited my own youthful memories that I probably didn't attach much import to when she reminisced in my young presence. She tried to explain to her precocious grandson why the exh [...]

    4. Craig on said:

      Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City" focused my attention on the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (The World's Columbian Exposition). Prior to reading his book, I had scant knowledge of this vast enterprise and "best fair ever" initially planned in 1890 and carried off magnificently with Congressional support in 1893. So I sought out pictorial book of the "Fair" with explanatory narrative. This book by Norman Rolotin was comprehensive and illuminating. With Daniel Burnham, an architect, as its c [...]

    5. Starbubbles on said:

      it came in the mail today! yay! i'm totally excited!i had fun reading this book. i'm really glad i read this one last, after a month of researching the "white city." this book would have been extremely boring if i had not had some prior knowledge of fairs, public memory of the fair, the purpose behind many aspects of the fair, and the influence it had on the nation and future fairs for decades afterwards. i can't get too mad, bolotin and laing (yes there are two authors) did state at the beginni [...]

    6. Jen on said:

      This book was great! So I've become a little obessessed with the World's Fair after finishing the 'Devil in the White City.' I find to be a perfect companion for the fair info. anyone is interested in knowing. I will admit that the detailed area of the states and countries section is a little long but I still appreciate having the further detail--I wish we still had fairs!The only thing this book is lacking is detailed photographs--I just want to see it all! But I understand photographs were an [...]

    7. Christopher on said:

      Breezy overview of the fair. A bit dry maybe. Still, gives a good sense of what it was like, with lots of illustrations. The exhibition must have been a glorious sight for its few months. Marvelous architecture and sculpture (before the advent of hideous modernity), and a time when Americans could be proud of themselves and their accomplishments without wallowing in tiresome guilt.

    8. Katherine on said:

      Having grown up in Chicago, I found this book and its photographs very interesting. Although very little is left of the Columbian Exposition, except for the Museum of Science and Industry building, this remarkable display is still remembered in the city. Despite all our modern technology, no exhibition today could compare with the splendor of this display.

    9. Geri on said:

      A well written account of the Chicago World's Fair including many facts and photographs!! It made me wish I could have experienced it myself!

    10. Debbie on said:

      If you read The Devil in the White City and loved it, you will be interested in learning more about the fair and this book is great for that.

    11. Jennifer on said:

      This was a fun, easy overview of the Exposition. I especially enjoyed the description of an example week at the fair!

    12. David Eppenstein on said:

      A great pictorial history of one of Chicago's pivotal historical events.

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