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Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World's Fair

by Robert Jackson

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This book brings the original magnificence of the 1904 World's Fair to life through vivid description. Jackson also uses photographs originally taken at the fair to show the spectacular events that took place. The marvelous buildings and sculptures appear even more amazing to us today in light of all the technology we are accustomed to in theme parks. We are reminded that all of this took place at the dawn of cinema.

Among the many attractions that often overwhelmed the spectators (intelligent exotic animals, train rides, butter sculptures), was also a playground where children from multicultural backgrounds could mingle. One of the great things that Jackson does in this book is explore the racism of the fair. The procurators of the fair strove to advertise it as a multicultural, international experience, including the influence of Native Americans and African Americans. Despite these claims, the fair really excluded them. This is a great book for all ages interested in the history of the world's fairs. ( )
  mpresti | Jan 26, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006009267X, Hardcover)

You are holding a ticket to one of the largest and most magnificent celebrations of all time -- the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair!

For seven months nearly twenty million visitors from around the globe flooded the fairgrounds of Forest Park. Many explored the twelve mammoth palaces (made of plaster and horsehair!), which showcased amazing exhibits. Others enjoyed watching the first Olympic Games in the United States, keeping cool all summer with a new treat that became an instant hit -- the ice-cream cone. And everyone loved viewing all 1275 acres of fairgrounds from atop the 265-foot Ferris wheel.

Robert Jackson describes the planning, building, events, and memory of a fair that enthralled millions with its magic. In fascinating detail, he captures the energy and imagination of turn-of-the-century America, when fairgoers begged friends and family to meet them in St. Louis.

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Describes the attractions and events that educated, entertained, and mesmerized twenty million visitors at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

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