Chicago’s Busy Day – Beginning Preparations for the Great Fair


A New Yorker’s perspective on the upcoming Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

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Always eager to remind Chicagoans of the first behind the ‘Second City’, New York’s Puck magazine issued this sheet of cartoons mimicking the backwater host of the upcoming World’s Fair. Chicago narrowly beat out New York for Congressional approval the same year of publication, and apparently jealous feelings were still fresh.

The amusing panels note Chicago’s lack of sophistication, largely agrarian economy, and the industry of local, albeit raggedy, anarchists.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1891

Author: J. Ottman Lithograph Company

Sheet Width (in): 12.6

Sheet Height (in): 9.5

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Lightly toned around the outer edges and a small chip in the lower left corner. Very good.


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