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Signed copies of my new book "1884- NEW ORLEANS-1885 The great World's Fair" - ISBN 978-0-692-06509-9 - are now available for purchase on eBay.  Softcover, 308 pages, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, over 250 rare photographic images by the Centennial Photographic Company, consisting of stereoviews, magic lantern slides, and cabinet card photographs, all from my personal collection:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/302660338569?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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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

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Ironic that New Orleans would host another fair in 1984 100 years later.My ex and I had plans to attend on our honeymoon but the costs were excessive so we opted to honeymoon in California instead.

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On 6/7/2018 at 4:30 AM, SonnyTFox said:

Ironic that New Orleans would host another fair in 1984 100 years later. My ex and I had plans to attend on our honeymoon but the costs were excessive so we opted to honeymoon in California instead.

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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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

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