[Bird’s Eye View of the Columbian Exposition]

Scarce souvenir fan showing a bird’s eye view of the Columbian Exposition.

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Description

More practical than many other souvenirs and knick-knacks produced for the fair, this hand fan would have been of particular use on the hot summer days of the Columbian Exposition. It was held in Chicago’s Jackson Park and adjacent Midway Plaisance, though only the former is visible on the bird’s eye view printed therein.

The image’s emphasis is on the White City, designed primarily by Daniel Burnham. Many attractions and edifices are carefully illustrated; such as the Administration Building, Statue of Columbia, the ‘battleship’ Illinois, and the Fine Arts Gallery (would later become the Museum of Science and Industry) among them.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1893

Author: Anonymous

Sheet Width (in): 24

Sheet Height (in): 13

Condition: B

Condition Description: Pine wood fan with treated paper and a brass ringlet. Several spots of wear and discoloration along the ribs, most evident both outer edges. A small chip in the paper in the lower center, and several areas of separation are starting along the edges and inner ribs. Measures approximately 24" x 13" when unfolded. Blank on verso, with scattered areas of abrasion, wear, and discoloration.

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