world's fair: columbian exposition


Screenshots from The Great Ziegfeld, 1936.

Florenz Ziegfeld, the world famous showman and stage producer, was born and raised in Chicago - getting his start in show business promoting the strongman, Sandow, at the Columbian Exposition of 1893. 

This film is the first where I have have seen the World’s Fair recreated. It’s worth watching the beginning 20 minutes of the film to see (albeit stylized) recreations of the exposition’s sights and sounds.


The Brain Scoop
1893 World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition!

The Field Museum’s collections were born out of the 1893 World’s Fair, a global event on the south side of Chicago that drew in millions of people from dozens of countries over a period of six months. Many new novelties were invented and showcased at the Fair; everything from Pabst Blue Ribbon to Juicy Fruit, cotton candy, Cracker Jacks, motion-picture machines, indigenous peoples, murderers. I didn’t say it was all fun and games!


Petition signed by Thomas A. Edison and 49 others of Orange, New Jersey, praying for the repeal of the act closing the World’s Columbian Exposition on Sundays, 01/28/1893.

Item From Records of the U.S. Senate. (03/04/1789-)

The World’s Columbian Exposition was a World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1893. The Fair greatly influenced the Arts, Sciences, Architecture, and was designed to show off the United States’ industrial prowess to the international community. This piously-phrased petition was created to redress an Congressional act which prevented public access to the Exposition on Sundays, “It is the duty of all men to properly observe the Sabbath, but we do not believe that the regulation of such observances by statutory law is within the letter or spirit of either State or Federal constitutions.”