CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION FAN

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The 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was a World’s Fair, the first held in the United States. There were five main buildings- the Main Exhibition Building, Memorial Hall (Arts,) Machinery Hall, Agricultural Hall, and Horticultural Hall, along with scores of other buildings, some 200 in all, with International pavilions, state exhibits, exhibits of new inventions, advances in manufacturing, etc. The National Encampment of the G.A.R. was held in conjunction with it, as were other events, drawing by more than ten million visitors during the sixth months it was in operation.

This is a nice example in excellent condition of a fragile memento of the event- a fan printed in color with an American eagle at center perched on the bound ax and rods of the Roman fasces, symbolizing the Republic and on a U.S. shield bearing the motto “100 YEARS” with US flags jutting out to either side and “1776” in black on the left and “1876” on the right, all with a loose wreath of leaves and berries around it. This was colorful, patriotic, and useful: a heat wave in June and July produced an average temperature of 81 degrees, and ten days reaching 100.

Philadelphia Centennial material, showing pride in the past, progress, and hope for the future, is a collecting field of its own. This displays very well and would make a nice addition to a collection.  [sr][ph:L]

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