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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.
A few images from my book "1884-NEW ORLEANS-1885 The Great World's Fair" ISBN 978-0-693-06509-9 compared to how the same scenes appear now in 2018....
Here is a large group of vintage Magic Lantern slides of New Orleans and the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, several of which are featured in my newly published book "1884-NEW ORLEANS-1885 The Great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9, softcover, 308 pages, illustrated with over 250 rare photographic images from my personal collection....
Ken posted a topic in The Souvenir ShopCopies of my new book "1884-NEW ORLEANS-1885 The Great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9 - softcover, 308 pages, with over 250 rare photographic images - consisting of stereoviews, magic lantern slides, and cabinet card photographs - from my personal collection, are now available online at: TheBookPatch.com eBay.com as well as at the following retail locations: Arcadian Books - 714 Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 Oak Alley Plantation Gift Shop - 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090