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The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record (Dover Architectural) [Paperback]

Stanley Appelbaum
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28 Mar 2003 Dover Architectural
Colossal spectacle preserved in 128 rare, vintage photographs with concise, fact-filled text: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions. Map. Index.

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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; 1 edition (28 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048623990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486239903
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 22.1 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is of a large format, and rather thin, but it really does what it says on the back cover. It is extremely well researched, with a wealth of factual details about the preparation of the Exhibition and the different landmarks on its grounds, both outdoors and indoors.

The explanations are particularly useful as they situate the exhibition in its intellectual context.

The photographic content not only focuses on the buildings of the White City, but also include pictures of foreign and state buildings.

1. From conception to opening day, 1
2. The architectural program, 7
3. The Court of Honor and its buildings, 15
4. The Buildings on the Lagoon, 53
5. North Pond; South Pond; Midway Plaisance, 75
6. From Opening to Closing Day, and Beyond, 103
Bibliography, 109
Index 112
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip back in time 1 Jan 2008
By H. Fitzgerald - Published on
Beautiful photos and thoughtful text. This book does a nice job of condensing the story and mood of the fair into a quick and easy to read format. I own several books about the fair and while some have more photos, this is still my favorite. A must have for those interested in the Columbian Exposition, Chicago history and architecture. The vastness of the White City is something I can scarcely imagine. I especially appreciated that the author details the fates of many of the fair's artistic treasures as well as discussing the changed landscape of the geographical site of the fair.
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pictures and a map of the fair 9 Aug 2008
By Chris from Chicago - Published on
I became interested in the Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893 through a friend and I bought this book for him and a copy for myself and was amazed by the beautiful and amazing buildings and the fact that all of these structures stood in my city and then were destroyed. I then read the Devil in the White City and pulled this book out as a reference and found the map of the exposition in the front of the book to be a cool way to look up some of the displays or events mentioned in the book (devil in the white city). As I understand it, Burnham only allowed the exposition to be photographed per his approval, therefore, there are only a limited number of pictures that any book could publish on the topic. I think that this book offers big, beautiful pictures and interesting facts about the displays.
97 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy City 15 Aug 2005
By Catherine - Published on
One book leads to another. After reading The Devil in the White City, I wanted to see the Exposition described in the book. It definitely was an amazing sight to see and this book satisfied most of that curiosity. To go one better, I might look for a book that goes even further into that time in life. The city is every bit the accomplishment as described in the afore mentioned book. Where is the America of that artful integrity, that is, to do the best that can be accomplished? Gone to disposable products including much of architecture.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Companion to "Devil in the White City" 17 Jan 2009
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In an unprecedented short period of time, the finest architects of the day (including Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame) designed and built the many buildings that made up the Chicago World's Fair. This book shows the success of their Herculean efforts. Further, it is the perfect companion to "Devil in the White City" (the white city is the World's Fair). While reading "Devil," I went on-line often to find pictures of the buildings being discussed, the first Ferris Wheel (which held over 2,000 people!), etc., but was disappointed in how few pictures I was able to find. "The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record" made the on-line search unnecessary. Since then, I have given the "Photographic Record" together with "Devil in the White City" to several people and recommended it to many more. Everyone agrees that the "Photographic Record" is the perfect companion as well as a great book on its own.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book!!!! 8 Feb 2008
By Leah N. Roberts - Published on
this book by far is my favorite book on the worlds fair the detail and quality of the book is amazing. this is a great buy
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