Souvenir of World Fair Chicago 1893.
1893 (dated) 16.5 x 16.25 in (41.91 x 41.275 cm)
This is an 1893 souvenir silk kerchief featuring a view of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was officially called the 1893 World Columbian Expo. Opened in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus (though no one could visit until 1893 due to continued construction work), numerous buildings constructed specifically for the expo are illustrated in the view. The industry and liberal arts building is at the center of bird's eye view of the grounds depicted in the oval. Other buildings in the view include the casino, the horticulture pavilion, the transportation pavilion, the women's palace, the aquarium, and the buildings dedicated to the United States and the State of Illinois. Over 200 temporary structures, most exhibiting the neoclassical style, were built for the expo, which covered more than 600 acres. Forty-six nations took part in the expo and over 27 million people attended. The expo's extravagance and grandeur exceeded that of previous World's Fairs by some margin and soon became synonymous with the growing idea of 'American Exceptionalism'. The oval itself if set at a forty-five-degree angle against a background of an American flag. If the rows of stars continued in a logical manner, forty-four stars would be present in the cornflower blue canton. The 8-8-6-6-8-8 configuration is unusual could possibly be unique to this souvenir. Wyoming became the 44th state when it was admitted to the Union on July 10, 1890. Flags would have been produced with forty-four stars until Utah was admitted to the Union in 1896.
This souvenir would have been made in 1893 for purchase at the Chicago World's Fair.
Good. Wear to upper left corner. Attached to black paper, which we decided to leave for stability reasons. Could be removed by a professional restorer.