I don't know how I went to school 90 miles from Chicago and yet never knew anything about the 1893 Columbian Exposition. I first learned about it a few years ago watching the PBS specials Make No Little Plans and Chicago: City of the Century.
But then something mysterious happened. I was sorting through our attic storage area and discovered this:
Our home has been in my husband's family for more than 60 years. And family lore is that one of his great-great-great aunts was an adventurous, independent soul, quite ahead of her time, really. It's entirely likely that she attended the World's Fair and bought this book as a souvenir. This is the "official photography" of the Fair (attendees had to buy a very expensive permit to take "Kodaks" of their own). Hundreds of images.
And now it is mine to treasure... and to rescue. The years have not been kind.
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Yikes. It needs a book doctor.
I'm hoping Carlson & Turner Antiquarian Books may be able to help me.
Why now? Erik Larson's Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America has gripped my mind. WOW. I am reading way too late into the night. Not only is the World's Fair very interesting to me, but there's a terrifying serial killer, systematically luring and killing naive young women. He's a smooth operator.... the most frightening kind of killer.
But more on that later. First Shepp's needs TLC. Stat.