This is a really interesting article on the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Some very cool trivia in it. It was Frank Baum’s inspiration for his Wizard of Oz story. Cracker Jacks, Aunt Jemima’s Pancake mix and Quaker Oats were first introduced at the fair.
Did you ever wonder how so many of the things came about that we associate with America? For instance: The Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, Disneyland, Hershey’s Chocolate, Ragtime music?
It started at the fair, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as The Columbian Exposition.
The French had held national exhibitions beginning in 1844, but the idea for the first world exposition came from Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. It was held in the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London in 1851. The Chicago fair marked the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.
Last week I read Lynn Austin’s book, A Proper Pursuit, a novel set against the backdrop of the fair. My curiosity was really piqued. So I did a little research. It was huge. Built on 630 acres, it contained 3 miles of canals with gondolas and a replica Viking ship sailed…
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