Bird's Eye View. Centennial International Exhibition. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. 1876.

Lithograph, 1875.
Image size 17 1/2 x 23 1/2" (44.3 x 59.6 cm) plus margins.
Fair to good condition. Creases in the title margin. Several short tears in the margins, none entering the image.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93488
Price: $295.00
Publisher : Published by Thomas Hunter, Philadelphia.
This lithographed print shows the proposed buildings and their locations for the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition, the first World’s Fair in the United States. The exhibition took place over several months, and celebrated the centennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. The exhibition also came at a time of transition and growth for the nation, when it was recovering from the Civil War, building its economy and expanding westward.

The expansive fairgrounds in Fairmount Park, shown in this image, were visited by almost 10 million people over the course of the exhibition. Major buildings are labeled in the print’s lower margin, including the Art Gallery, Main Building, Agricultural Hall, Machinery Hall, Horticultural Hall, and U.S. Government Building. This would have been one of many prints published and sold prior to the exhibition, to advertise it, feed public excitement for the centennial celebration, and generate revenue through souvenir sales.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , Pennsylvania - Philadelphia