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    All World's Fairs & expositions - specializing in the New Orleans exposition of 1884-1885

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  1. Two views of the Plaza de Panama during the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The first view looks south from the Sacramento Valley Counties Building (now the site of the San Diego Museum of Art) - buildings seen at the far left and far right are the present House of Hospitality (reconstructed in 1997) and the House of Charm (reconstructed in 1996) - the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is seen in the distance. The second view looks north from the Spreckels Organ Pavilion - buildings seen at the left and right were demolished in 1933 due to deterioration - the Sacramento Valley Counties Building is seen in the distance.
  2. San Francisco's Midwinter Exposition was in many ways a scaled-down version of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition....a major difference being that the main structures were designed in an eclectic mixture of architectural styles....California Mission, Romanesque, Egyptian, Indian, and Persian. The central "Court of Honor" featured the 266-foot high Bonet Electric Tower, illuminated at night with multi-colored lights, around which were grouped the Administration, Horticulture & Agriculture, Fine Arts, Manufactures, and Machinery buildings. The exposition even featured a smaller version of Chicago's famous 250-foot Ferris Wheel - the 100-foot diameter Firth Wheel. The Japanese Village was one of the more notable attractions which survives to this day as the Japanese Tea Garden; and the Court of Honor remains as the Music Concourse. Court of Honor & Electric Tower.... Administration Building & California Fountain.... Administration Building.... California Fountain.... Horticulture & Agriculture Building & California Fountain.... Horticulture & Agriculture Building.... Fine Arts Building.... Manufactures Building.... Machinery Building.... Electric Tower.... Night panorama of exposition from Strawberry Hill.... Firth Wheel.... Japanese Village....
  3. Many of the exposition structures still remain, including the National Palace (now the National Art Museum of Catalonia) and the Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). The Olympic Stadium was constructed for the 1929 exposition in hopes that Barcelona would host the 1936 Olympic Games....but lost the honor to Berlin. The stadium was finally used for its intended purpose during the 1992 Olympics. One of the more popular attractions remaining from the exposition is the "Fuente Magica" (Magic Fountain) with its evening shows consisting of synchronized fountain-jets, colored lighting and music.... Current images of the former exposition site in Montjuic Park....
  4. Here's the floor-plan of the Palace of Industry.... Another site plan....
  5. Yes, the Arch of Triumph (former main entrance) remains, along with the former Grand Cafe Restaurant (now the Zoology Museum), the Hivernacle (glass-roofed conservatory), the Umbracle (lattice-roofed conservatory), the Grand Cascade and the lake. The Barcelona Zoo now occupies the area where the semi-circular Palace of Industry once stood.
  6. This World's Fair was greatly overshadowed the following year by the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris....
  7. Copies of my book "1884-NEW ORLEANS-1885 The Great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9 - are now available for purchase at the following retail locations: Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 Arcadian Books - 714 Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 Oak Alley Plantation Gift Shop - 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090
  8. Most images I've seen from the 1884-85 exposition show electrical wires hanging in this loose fashion. It seems that the electrical installations were more utilitarian as opposed to being made to look "pretty". Electric lighting of the exposition buildings and grounds was an amazement to visitors, especially the exclusive use of Thomas Edison's incandescent bulbs in Music Hall (within the Main Building) and Art Hall. The remainder of the interiors and grounds were illuminated by electric arc-lights from several manufacturers, including one of 100,000 candlepower atop the stand-pipe in front of the Government and States Building.
  9. Unfortunately the stereoview is not from my personal collection, so this low-resolution image is the only one available.
  10. Stereoscopic image from the 1885-1886 North, Central and South American Exposition....successor to the 1884-85 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. The fair opened in November of 1885 and closed in April of 1886....a financial failure! Edward L. Wilson (Centennial Photographic Co.) obtained exclusive rights to produce stereoviews and other photographic images for the 1884-85 exposition; while local New Orleans photographer, George Francois Mugnier, produced the photographic images during 1885-86. Images from the 1885-86 exposition are extremely rare! The exposition's 33-acre Main Building is seen at the left, and the 14-acre States Exhibits Building is visible beyond the trees in the background. The asphalt walkway to the right is bordered by crushed shell, concealing drainage ditches dug to carry off rainwater during unpredictable downpours.
  11. A few more vintage Magic Lantern slides of New Orleans and the 1884-1885 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition....
  12. 1981 Plovdiv, Bulgaria

    Sounds almost similar to the trade fair held annually in Hannover, Germany, the site of Expo 2000. Lack of attendance at Expo 2000 was mainly blamed on the fact that Hannover was recognized as an international trade fair site and that most people assumed Expo 2000 was just an expanded version of the usual Hannover trade fair.
  13. Many didn't attend the 1884-1885 exposition for the same reasons. Some New Orleans hotels were demanding up to $18.00 per day (approx. $500.00 in 2018) for rooms, when the standard going rate was $1.50 - $3.00 per day (approx. $42.00 - $84.00 in 2018). By the time most hoteliers realized their greediness was preventing visitors from coming it was already too late. Below is an excerpt from a letter dated December 22nd, 1884.... "YOUR TELEGRAM RECEIVED. WE ARE COMPELLED TO DECLINE THE PARLOR AND THE TWO ROOMS MENTIONED, AS WE CONSIDER THE PRICES EXORBITANT. WE ONLY WANT THE ROOMS FOR FIVE DAYS, AND SECURING THEM FROM TIME YOU MENTION, THE PARLOR WOULD COST $80. PER DAY AND THE BED ROOMS $18. PER DAY. SUCH PRICES CONFIRM THE REPORTS THAT THE PEOPLE AT NEW ORLEANS INTEND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR POSITION. WE ARE USING OUR BEST EFFORTS TO MAKE YOUR EXPOSITION A SUCCESS AND HAVE SUCCEEDED IN GETTING SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS TO GIVE THE MATTER FAVORABLE CONSIDERATION. BUT, SHOULD WE MAKE PUBLIC THE PRICES ASKED I AM SURE VERY FEW WOULD GO. SHOULD WE BE UNABLE TO SECURE HEADQUARTERS AT REASONABLE RATES, WE WILL CANCEL OUR CONTEMPLATED TRIP. WHILST WE ARE WILLING TO PAY FAIR AND REASONABLE RATES, WE WILL NOT COUNTENANCE IMPOSITION."
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