The Beholder's Eye

in Whose Fair?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226293103
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226293127 | DOI:
The Beholder's Eye

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This chapter considers individual and group experience in relation to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Reading through the historical and memory sources available and using the photographic evidence, it becomes possible to reconstruct, in some detail, how patrons at the Fair spent their time and money. Beyond revealing which displays and concessions were most popular, the chapter explores the function of state and foreign nation exhibits, the particular attraction of several concessions on the Pike, and then how special groups visited the Fair. Because hundreds of national organizations made St. Louis their convention headquarters for 1904, probably more than 100,000 visitors attended under the auspices of some organization. Others came to watch the Olympic Games held for the first time in the United States that year in St. Louis. Some came for the intellectual congresses. And, significantly, many were attracted to family reunions held on the fairgrounds.

Keywords: 1904 World's Fair; experience; memory; patrons; displays; concessions; exhibits; St. Louis; Olympic Games; congresses

Chapter.  13047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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