Chicago’s World Fairs… in Pictures!

Two of the four stars on the Chicago Flag represent the world fairs hosted in Chicago: the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the Century of Progress Exposition in 1933.  The Chicago Public Library has mounted a pictorial exhibit that showcases various images from both fair — from the perspective of professional and pedestrian participant alike.

OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL: Photographs from the World’s Columbian Exposition and Century of Progress
Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections Exhibit Hall, 9th Floor
July 27, 2013 – March 2, 2014

Official photographers were hired by organizers to shoot the World’s Fairs of 1893 and 1933. The foremost photographers were Charles Dudley Arnold and the firm Kaufmann and Fabry respectively. The Fairs attracted enormous numbers of spectators, each of whom frequently captured individual and unique experiences in photographs taken with Kodak’s Brownie or other personal cameras. This exhibit presents photographs from both events exposing corporate visions for the Fairs juxtaposed with visitors’ individual experiences.

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