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Series I. Fairs and Expositions Prints and Ephemera (small size) approximately 1850-1939 (bulk approximately 1876-1893)

Physical Description: approximately 1,825 items in 17 binders and 2 flat-top boxes

Scope and Content

This series contains approximately 1,800 small-size printed items that pertain to fairs and expositions in the United States from approximately 1850 to 1939, with the bulk of materials dating from the late 1800s. The materials consist of advertising and promotional ephemera, illustrations, and business records related to fairs, exhibitions, and expositions; exhibitors at these events; and related businesses. Common item types include trade cards, calendars, booklets, programs, tickets, leaflets, guides, postcards and stationery, catalogs, and printed billheads and letterheads with manuscript text.
The materials in this series either promote or are broadly connected to fair and exhibition-related products, services, or sponsoring businesses. Many of the images depict fair and exposition buildings, though the collection also has a wide variety of other images, including people, local transit, agriculture and livestock, and depictions of various products being advertised by exhibitors and vendors.
Items smaller than 8 x 10 inches are housed in binders, while items that are between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size are individually sleeved and arranged in folders in one box.

Arrangement

This series is grouped into 3 subseries:
  • Subseries A. General Fairs and Expositions, 1850-1939 (small size)
  • Subseries B. U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876 (small size)
  • Subseries C. World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (small size)
 

Subseries A. General Fairs and Expositions (small size) 1850-1939

Binder  1

General Fairs and Expositions, 1850-1893 (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 50 items
Binder  17

General Fairs and Expositions, 1894-1939 (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 140 items
Box  2 , Folder  1

General Fairs and Expositions, 1850-1893 (between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size)

Physical Description: approximately 5 items
 

Subseries B. U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876 (small size) approximately 1876

Binder  2

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Catalogs, guides, and programs (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 40 items
Binder  3

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Exhibitors, A-E by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 130 items
Binder  4

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Exhibitors, F-L by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 120 items
Binder  5

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Exhibitors, M-S by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 135 items
Binder  6

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Exhibitors, T-Z by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 120 items
Binder  7

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Stationery (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 60 items
Binder  8

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Stereograph cards, by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 60 items
Binder  9

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Stereograph cards, by company (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 50 items
Binder  10

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Tickets, passes, invitations, and souvenirs (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 125 items
Binder  11

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Trade cards (buildings), lithographed (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 275 items
Binder  12

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Trade cards (buildings), electrotype and engraved (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 120 items
Binder  13

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Trade cards (Mascieri exhibits) (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 55 items

Scope and Content Note

Trade cards accompanied by interpretive text written by Russ Mascieri and Terry Snyder, and arranged into panel exhibits for annual conferences of the Trade Card Collectors Association in the early 1990s.
Binder  14

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Visitor services, dining, hotels, transport (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 95 items
Box  1

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876: Pocket albums (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: 28 items

Scope and Content Note

Pocket souvenir albums containing images of exhibition buildings and other miscellaneous views in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, produced in commemoration of the United States Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Covers and manuscript inscriptions vary between album copies.
  • American Centennial (Rand, McNally & Co., approximately 1876) – 1 copy
  • Centennial (Koch Sons & Co., approximately 1876) – 1 copy
  • Centennial Album (Centennial Album Co., ©1875) – 5 copies
  • Centennial Album (H. J. Toudy & Co., approximately 1876) – 1 copy
  • Centennial Exhibition and Philadelphia (approximately 1876) – 3 copies
  • Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia (Philip Frey & Co., approximately 1876) – 3 copies
  • Centennial Souvenir Philadelphia (Ostheimer Bros., approximately 1876) – 4 copies
  • Memorial of the International Exhibition at Philadelphia (Thos. Hunter, ©1876) – 10 copies
Box  2 , Folder  2

U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876 (between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size)

Physical Description: approximately 25 items
 

Subseries C. World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (small size) approximately 1893

Binder  15

World's Columbian Exposition of 1893: General (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 150 items
Binder  16

World's Columbian Exposition of 1893: Stationery (8 x 10 inches or smaller in size)

Physical Description: approximately 45 items
Box  2 , Folder  3

World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (between 8 x 10 inches and 11 x 14 inches in size)

Physical Description: less than 5 items
 

Series II. Fairs and Expositions Prints and Ephemera (large size) 1834-1970 (bulk 1850-1893)

Physical Description: 86 items

Scope and Content

This series contains approximately 86 large-size printed items related to fairs and expositions in the United States from approximately 1834 to 1970, with the majority of items dating from 1850 to 1893. The series is comprised mainly of lithographed advertising prints produced for fairs, exhibitions and expositions; exhibitors at these events; and related businesses.
Genres represented include advertising prints, views of exhibition buildings, certificates, broadsides, and specialty newspapers and programs. The series contains color-printed, hand-colored, and uncolored images that range in size from approximately 11 x 14 inches to 35 x 46 inches.

Related Material

Items in the Huntington Library Historical Prints collection:

  • priHHC_FAIR_0000015 View of the nave and transept of the great exhibition building, Hyde Park. 20 August 1851 Artists: Walker, Edmund (Lithographer); Telbin, William, 1813-1873 Printers: Day & Son Publishers: Lloyd Brothers & Co.
  • priHHC_FAIR_0000016 Centennial America : presented with no. 11 of the Weekly Family Journal to all who have purchased the preceding numbers. ©1875 Printers: Armstrong & Co. (Boston, Mass.); Riverside Press (Cambridge, Mass.) Publishers: Thornton, Chester

Arrangement

This series is grouped into 3 subseries:
  • Subseries A. General Fairs and Expositions, 1834-1970 (large size)
  • Subseries B. U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876 (large size)
  • Subseries C. World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 (large size)
Within each subseries, items are arranged numerically by call number and described in the following format:
  • Title of print. Date
  • Artist(s) (when known). Printer(s). Publisher(s).
 

Subseries A. Fairs and Expositions (large size) 1834-1970

priJLC_FAIR_001683

The jumping horse carry-us-all a perfect pleasure producer. 1898-1937

Printers: Riverside Printing Company
priJLC_FAIR_001684

California Exposition Los Angeles 9 big days & nites Oct. 24 to Nov. 1st. inc. 193-?

priJLC_FAIR_001686

The grand foreign exhibition opens in Boston, Sept. 3rd, 1883. ©1883

Printers: Heliotype Printing Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001687

Hunterdon county fair. 1885

Printers: Russell & Morgan Printing Company
priJLC_FAIR_001689

The 16th annual Harvest County Fair will be held at Shelby, Ohio Sept. 1 2 3 4, 1896. 1896

Printers: Fair Pub. House
priJLC_FAIR_001691

Interior view of the New York crystal palace for the Exhibition of the industry of All Nations. ©1853

Artists: Benecke, Theodore; Weingartner, A. Printers: Nagel & Weingärtner Publishers: Goupil & Cie
priJLC_FAIR_001692

The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial exposition, open Dec. 1st. 1884 to May, 31st. 1885. 1884-1885

Printers: Southern Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001695

Troy Daily Whig vol. 1 no. 63. 11 September 1834

priJLC_FAIR_001696

1776. Centennial fourth. 1876. 1876

Printers: Wheaton, W. F.
priJLC_FAIR_001697

The World's Industrial & Cotton Centennial Exposition. Open Dec. 1st 1884 to May. 31st 1885. 1884

Printers: Southern Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001698

The Times Los Angeles Fiesta Number Los Angeles, April 25, 1897. 1897

Artists: Chapin, Will E. Printers: Los Angeles Times (Firm)
priJLC_FAIR_001699

Exposition souvenir. ©1899

Printers: Julius Bien & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001701

Supplement to the Illustrated London News May 24 1862. The Great International Exhibition. 1862

Printers: Leighton Bros. (Printer)
priJLC_FAIR_001702

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. View of the academy of music, as seen from the stage. 1864

Printers: A. Brown & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001703

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. Interior view of the academy of music, as seen from the dress circle. 1864

Printers: A. Brown & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001704

Exterior view of coliseum for the Grand National Peace Jubilee at Boston, Mass. June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 1869. ©1869

Printers: New England Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001705

Exterior view of coliseum for the Grand National Peace Jubilee Boston, Mass. June 15.-16.-17.-18.-19th. 1869.. ©1869

Printers: New England Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001706

The first exhibition of the Middlesex Mechanic Association. 1851

Printers: Tappan & Bradford
priJLC_FAIR_001707

Ground plan of buildings of the Great Central Sanitary Fair, Logan Square, Philadelphia. June, 1864. 1864

Printers: P.S. Duval & Son
priJLC_FAIR_001708

Buildings of the Great Central Fair, in aid of the U.S. Sanitary Commission Logan Square, Philadelphia, June 1864. approximately 1864

Artists: Queen, Jas. (James), 1824-approximately 1877. Printers: P.S. Duval & Son
priJLC_FAIR_001709

View of the great coliseum for the World's Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival to be held in Boston from June 17. to July 4. 1872. ©1872

Artists: Ackermann, Emil F., 1840- Publishers: New England Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001710

The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. New Orleans. Open December 1st 1884, to May 31st 1885. 1884-1885

Printers: Southern Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001711

Buffalo morning express. "Extra number" issued as a souvenir of the International Industrial fair Sept. 4th to 14th 1888. ©1888

Printers: Matthews-Northrup Company Publishers: Matthews-Northrup Company
priJLC_FAIR_001712

"California invites the world" Panama-Pacific International Exposition San Francisco, Cal. U.S.A. 1915. ©1910

Printers: Schmidt Litho. Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001713

New York crystal palace for the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations. ©1852

Printers: Nagel & Weingärtner Publishers: Goupil & Cie
priJLC_FAIR_001714

The International Exhibition.---the nave, (looking west). 18 October 1862

Printers: Leighton Bros. (Printer)
priJLC_FAIR_001715

Awarded at the Kansas City industrial Exposition. 1872

Printers: Ehrgott & Krebs
priJLC_FAIR_001716

Cincinnati industrial exposition 1873 will be open from Sept. 3rd. to Oct. 4th. 1873. ©1872

Printers: Ehrgott & Krebs
priJLC_FAIR_001717

Tradesmens industrial institute of Pittsburgh, PA. ©1875, ©1874

Printers: Krebs, Otto
priJLC_FAIR_002865

La Fiesta de Los Angeles April 20-24 1897. 1897

Artists: Curran, M.E. (Artist)
priJLC_FAIR_003036

The paratrooper for fun!! and thrills!! approximately 1960

Printers: Colby Poster Printing Co.
priJLC_FAIR_003037

15th annual Fullerton Community Fair : SJM fiesta shows. 1965

Printers: Majestic Poster Press
priJLC_FAIR_003038

Fullerton Lions Clubs community fair. 1970

Printers: Colby Poster Printing Co.
priJLC_FAIR_003039

Orange co. fairgrounds Orange co. voiture 527 40-8 Sun. Feb. 8 2:00 P.M. & &:00 P.M. 1959

priJLC_FAIR_003040

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. View of the academy of music, as seen from the stage. 1864

Printers: A. Brown & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_003041

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864. Interior view of the academy of music, as seen from the dress circle. 1864

Printers: A. Brown & Co.
 

Subseries B. U.S. Centennial Exhibition of 1876 (large size) 1873-1878

priJLC_FAIR_001719

Centennial International Exhibition Fairmount Park Philadelphia 1776-1876. approximately 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001720

Centennial : westward the course of empire takes its way... ©1876

Artists: Ames, Daniel T. Printers: Ed. W. Welcke & Bro. Publishers: Miller, James, 1821 or 1822-1883
priJLC_FAIR_001721

The United States Centennial International Exhibition... 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001722

The United States Centennial International Exhibition... 1875

Printers: United States. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
priJLC_FAIR_001723

Bird's eye view of the International Exhibition, 1876. Fairmount Park. Philadelphia. ©1875

Printers: Bien, Julius, 1826-1909
priJLC_FAIR_001724

Agricultural Hall International Exhibition, 1876. Fairmount Park. Philadelphia. ©1875

Printers: Bien, Julius, 1826-1909
priJLC_FAIR_001725

Horticultural Hall International Exhibition, 1876. Fairmount Park. Philadelphia. ©1875

Printers: Bien, Julius, 1826-1909 Publishers: Meyer, Gustav (Publisher)
priJLC_FAIR_001726

U. S. Government Building International Exhibition, 1876. ©1875

Printers: Bien, Julius, 1826-1909
priJLC_FAIR_001727

Women's Pavilion International Exhibition, 1876. Fairmount Park. Philadelphia. ©1875

Printers: Bien, Julius, 1826-1909
priJLC_FAIR_001728

Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition. 1876. Fairmount Park. Philadelphia. ©1874

Printers: Hunter, Thomas
priJLC_FAIR_001729

Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition. 1876. Fairmount Park. Philadelphia. R.J. Dobbins, Builder. ©1874

Printers: Hunter, Thomas
priJLC_FAIR_001730

Machinery Hall, Centennial International Exhibition. 1876. Fairmount Park Philadelphia. ©1874

Artists: Aubrun, Louis Printers: Hunter, Thomas
priJLC_FAIR_001731

Birds eye view of the International Exhibition buildings, 1876. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. ©1875

Publishers: Breuker & Kessler Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001732

1776. Centennial International Exhibition, 1876. History of the United States. ©1875

Printers: Schile, H. (Henry) Publishers: Schile, H. (Henry)
priJLC_FAIR_001733

In remembrance of the one hundredth anniversary of the independence of the United States. ©1876

Publishers: George Stinson & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001734

In remembrance of the one hundredth anniversary of the independence of the United States. ©1876

Publishers: George Stinson & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001735

The centennial - balloon view of the grounds. 30 September 1876

Artists: Davis, Theodore R. Publishers: Harper & Brothers
priJLC_FAIR_001736

1776. Centennial International Exhibition, 1876. History of the United States. ©1875

Printers: Schile, H. (Henry) Publishers: Schile, H. (Henry)
priJLC_FAIR_001737

Centennial International Exhibition. 1876. Fairmount Park Philadelphia. ©1874

Printers: Hunter, Thomas
priJLC_FAIR_001738

The official history of the centennial exhibition... approximately 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001739

Souvenir of the opening of the Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition. 1876

Printers: Gilbert & Rivington
priJLC_FAIR_001740

The centennial. Address to the people of Ohio by the State Board of Centennial Managers. approximately 1874

Artists: Ohio. State board of Centennial managers, 1876.
priJLC_FAIR_001741

City of Philadelphia State of Pennsylvania: Loan of the city of Philadelphia. Certificate No. 3944. 1873-1878

Printers: American Bank Note Company
priJLC_FAIR_001742

Memorial certificate. United States Centennial Exhibition. ©1876

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.; R. Hoe & Company
priJLC_FAIR_001743

Centennial anniversary certificate. United States centennial celebration. ©1876

Printers: Major & Knapp Engraving, Manufacturing & Lithographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001744

Art Gallery. Grand United States Centennial Exhibition 1876. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. approximately 1876

Printers: Currier & Ives
priJLC_FAIR_001745

Horticultural Hall. Grand United States Centennial Exhibition 1876. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. approximately 1876

Printers: Currier & Ives
priJLC_FAIR_001746

Machinery Hall. Grand United States Centennial Exhibition 1876. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. approximately 1876

Printers: Currier & Ives
priJLC_FAIR_001747

The official catalogue of the United States International Exhibition 1876. 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001748

Exposition Internationale de Philadelphia 1876. 1876

Printers: Imp. A. Remacle
priJLC_FAIR_001749

Cox & sons exhibits, Philadelphia exhibition, 1876. 1876

Printers: Banks & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001750

The Fairmount hat. approximately 1876

Printers: Donaldson Brothers (Firm)
priJLC_FAIR_001751

Something new! Butterworth’s patent champion cider press. 1876

Printers: Murphy, John L. (Printer)
priJLC_FAIR_001752

Illustrated price list from C. Blunck. Christiana, Norway. 1876

Artists: Olsen, Alex A. Printers: Bentzen, B.M.
priJLC_FAIR_001753

Centennial Photographic Co. International Exhibition. 1876

Printers: Centennial Photographic Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001754

J. & P. Coats’ Exhibit in Machinery Hall. approximately 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001755

The Corliss Engine, Geo. H. Corliss, Providence, R.I. approximately 1876

Printers: Cosack & Co.
priJLC_FAIR_001756

Crotzer’s Centennial and Journal of the Exposition, Philadelphia, January, 1876. Vol. III. No. 10. 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001757

Crotzer’s Centennial and Journal of the Exposition. Philadelphia, February, 1876. Vol. III. No. 11. 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001758

Crotzer’s Centennial and Journal of the Exposition. Philadelphia, April, 1876. Vol. IV. No 1. 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001759

Japanese napkin. : The centennial. : Uncle Sam presents the foreign delegates with a specimen of American energy and enterprise. approximately 1876

Church (Artist)
priJLC_FAIR_001760

Flags of the nations which participate in the centennial exhibition of the United States in 1876. approximately 1876

priJLC_FAIR_001761

Main building, International Exhibition. 1876. Fairmount Park Philadelphia. : Presented by Boyd, White & Co. Carpetings, Philadelphia. ©1874

Artists: Aubrun, Louis Publishers: Hunter, Thomas
priJLC_FAIR_001762

Birds eye view of the Centennial buildings and grounds. ©1876

Printers: Bourquin, F. (Frederick), 1808- Publishers: National Publishing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
priJLC_FAIR_001763

Birds eye view of the centennial buildings and grounds ©1876

Printers: Bourquin, F. (Frederick), 1808- Publishers: National Publishing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
priJLC_FAIR_001764

Map of the centennial grounds. Philadelphia, 1876. approximately 1876

Printers: Gillin & Nagle
priJLC_FAIR_001765

Ye greate centennial. ©1876

Artists: Crosscup & West Printers: Haddock, John A., 1823-
 

Subseries C. Columbian Exposition of 1893 (large size) 1891-1893

priJLC_FAIR_001688

World's Columbian Exposition 1893. Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. ©1891

Printers: Kurz & Allison
priJLC_FAIR_001694

Bird's-eye view of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. ©1893

Printers: Rand McNally and Company
priJLC_FAIR_001718

The originator of the world's Columbian Exposition. ©1892

Printers: Orcutt Litho Co.