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World's Fairs
America at the Fair: Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

At the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the United States was fast becoming the world’s leading economy.  Chicago, the host city, had grown in less than half a century from a village to the country’s second-largest metropolis.  During this, the Gilded Age, the world’s most extensive railroad and steamship networks poured ceaselessly through Chicago, carrying the raw goods and finished products of America’s great age of invention and industrial expansion.  The Fair was the largest ever at the time, with 65,000 exhibitors and millions of visitors.  It has been called the “Blueprint of the American Future” and marked the beginning of the national economy and consumer culture.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 288 pgs.    
Price: $23.50 

The Atlanta Exposition,  by Sharon Foster Jones


In 1895, the Atlanta Exposition thrust the city and the South into the forefront of international news.  Legendary for their pluck, Atlantans resolved to host an exhibition of the world's cultural, agricultural, and manufacturing products while promoting civil liberties for women and African Americans.  Patriotism and industrialism fueled the show.  Thirty years after the Civil War destroyed the cotton-producing states of America, this exhibition illustrated those states' progress in the years after the war.  In one day, visitors could view Italian art, a live school for the deaf, the Liberty Bell, trained elephants, a Mexican village and, of course, cotton manufacturing.  There were other, smaller fairs in Atlanta, but the Cotton States and International Exposition will be known forever as "the Atlanta Exposition" because of its magnitude--both physically and intellectually.  Today the remnants of the fairgrounds comprise Atlanta's beloved green spot: Piedmont Park.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.      

Price: $21.00


St. Louis: The 1904 World's Fair,  by Joe Sonderman and Mike Truax


For seven months in 1904, St. Louis was the greatest city on earth.  Millions flocked to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to behold the inventions of the early 20th century.  Many saw electric lights, automobiles, aircraft, and moving pictures for the first time.  At a time when few traveled more than a couple miles from home, visitors encountered the people and cultures of faraway lands.  It was an educational experience, a “university of mankind.”  The Pike offered amusement rides, wild animal displays, and fanciful trips through the Hereafter and Creation exhibits.  Fairgoers visited the Alps, the North Pole, Russia, and Paris and witnessed famous battles.  Everyone wanted to ride the great Observation Wheel.  There were hootchy-kootchy dancers and wonderful new foods, such as the ice-cream cone.  It was all temporary, a dream city made to last only a few months.  This book tells the story of that great Victorian-era world’s fair and examines the legacies and legends that remain more than a century later. 


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price: $21.00


The 1939-1940 New York World's Fair,  by Bill Cotter


After enduring 10 harrowing years of the Great Depression, visitors to the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair found welcome relief in the fair’s opti-mistic presentation of the “World of Tomorrow.” Pavilions from America’s largest corporations and dozens of countries were spread across a 1,216-acre site, showcasing the latest industrial marvels and predictions for the future intermingled with cultural displays from around the world.  Well known for its theme structures, the Trylon and Perisphere, the fair was an intriguing mixture of technology, science, architecture, showmanship, and politics.  Proclaimed by many as the most memorable world’s fair ever held, it predicted wonderful times were ahead for the world even as the clouds of war were gathering. Through vintage photographs, most never published before, The 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair recaptures those days when the eyes of the world were on New York and on the future.  Bill Cotter has been an avid scholar and fan of world’s fairs since his first visit to the 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair.  His collection of vintage photographs has been featured in numerous books, as well as in magazine articles, documentaries, and Web sites that document the histories of the fairs.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.  

Price: $21.00



Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair: A Century of Progress,  by Samantha Gleisten 
"You will enter a Century of Progress, perhaps like an explorer, curious and eager, penetrating an amazingly rumored domain in search of treasure."  So promised the Official Guide Book.  A century after the city's incorporation, Chicago hosted the 1933 World's Fair, which was so successful that it was held over into 1934.  Aptly named "A Century of Progress," the Fair confirmed Chicago's place as a major American city.  Like the phoenix from the ashes, Chicago emerged from its devastating 1871 fire as one of the most architectually significant and aesthetically inviting cities in the world. On 424 lakeside acres, the Fair brought together innovators and inventors from around the world. Despite the Great Depression that engulfed the nation's economy, Chicago hosted visitors from around the world at a fair commemorating human progress. 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price: $21.00

Seattle's 1962 World's Fair,  by Bill Cotter

When the United States entered the 1960s, the nation was swept up in the Space Race as the United States and the Soviet Union competed for supremacy in rocket and satellite technologies. Cities across the country hoped to attract new aerospace companies, but the city leaders of Seattle launched the most ambitious campaign of all. They invited the whole world to visit for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and more than nine million people took them up on the offer. A colorful collection of exhibits turned 74 acres of rundown buildings into a futuristic wonderland where dozens of countries and companies predicted life in the future. The entire city was transformed with the addition of the soaring Space Needle and the futuristic monorail. When the fair ended, the site became a complex of parks and museums that remains a vibrant part of Seattle city life today.    
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.      
Price:  $21.00


The Tunbridge World's Fair, by Euclid Farnham

Since its opening in 1867, the Tunbridge World’s Fair has drawn hundreds of thousands of people to its one-of-a-kind event, showcasing the best of regional agriculture and entertainment.  The fair, originally intended to determine who owned the fastest horse or best-looking cow, began as an improvised event in farmer Elisha Lougee’s North Tunbridge pasture.  It quickly grew into the complex event it is today, with well-developed fairgrounds centered around a half-mile racetrack.  During the 1929 fair, the Log Cabin Museum was opened with many local residents reenacting the skills of the early settlers.  Over the generations, the fair has matured into the best of its kind in northern New England.  Recognized as the Tunbridge town historian, Euclid Farnham has spent his entire there and served as the fair president for 30 years.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.     
Price: $19.99