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  • Birthday 06/15/1963

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Unfortunately the stereoview is not from my personal collection, so this low-resolution image is the only one available.
  4. 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.
  5. A few more vintage Magic Lantern slides of New Orleans and the 1884-1885 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition....
  6. 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.
  7. 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."
  8. Cover "C" is my choice!
  9. May 2018 book review on Goodreads.com: "Mr. Speth has obviously done a LOT of research before writing this book! The story of how he got started collecting the images is fascinating in itself, as well as detailed information about the Centennial Photographic Company and their involvement in the New Orleans exposition. However, the images are the highlight of this book. I can only surmise at how much time and capital Mr. Speth has invested in his 30-year collection of images! The book is well worth the price of $34.95, as acquiring the actual images included would cost hundreds of dollars more! The fact that only half of Mr. Speth's entire New Orleans photographic images collection is included in the book makes you wonder if he should do a "sequel" featuring the additional images! I was truly intrigued by reading "1884-New Orleans-1885 The Great World's Fair", especially since this event has been nearly forgotten by historians. Granted, the New Orleans expo did not have the "pizzazz" of the 1876 Centennial in Philadelphia, but despite its shortcomings was a World's Fair well worth visiting at the time. Kudos to Kenneth Speth for putting together such a comprehensive book (the only one I am aware of) featuring rare period photos of New Orleans and the World's Exposition!" Jeff Deaven - May 31st, 2018
  10. According to this article - published in August of 2017, just prior to the Space Needle's $100-million renovation - the dining experience at SkyCity has slipped badly! What ever happened to the courteousness that existed at the restaurant during the World's Fair and for many years afterward? The Space Needle's current owner, Jeffrey Wright, should be ashamed....sounds like it's more about "turning a profit" and less about providing patrons with a memorable dining experience. Let's hope that things change for the better after the new restaurant opens..... https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/sorrow-at-the-seattle-space-needle/
  11. Found these very colorful Kodachrome slides of the Seattle World's Fair on Flickr.....and a bonus piece about the Space Needle's "change of colors" in 1968.....
  12. I was in Washington, DC to visit a friend in 2001, but by then the Centennial Exhibition exhibit had already been removed from the Arts and Industries Building, so I was a bit disappointed....I wish I had been able to see it. I do have the exhibition catalog, produced in 1976 when the exhibit first opened. The Centennial Photographic Company was granted exclusive rights to produce all photographic images of both the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the 1884-1885 New Orleans exposition. Edward L. Wilson, who founded the company in 1875, also edited and published the "Philadelphia Photographer", the late 19th century's leading photographic magazine.
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