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1884-New Orleans-1885 The Great World's Fair B&W

1884-New Orleans-1885 The Great World
1884-New Orleans-1885 The Great World 1884-New Orleans-1885 The Great World 1884-New Orleans-1885 The Great World
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by: Rare Photographic Images from the Collection of Kenneth R. Speth
Books with a 5 star rating  (4)
Publication Date: January 28, 2018
Book Size: 8.5" x 8.5"
Pages: 308
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9780692065099

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Book Synopsis
From December 1884 through May 1885, New Orleans hosted a now nearly forgotten event: The World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.
Seeking to commemorate the first export of cotton from the United States in 1784, the National Cotton Planters Association selected New Orleans, the largest city in the south, as the site for the great international exposition. The citizens and business community of New Orleans, eager to promote the city's recovery from both the ravaging effects of the Civil War and the aftermath of Reconstruction, welcomed the chance to stage an event which would attract visitors and investors to the commercially revitalized city.
Established in 1875, the Centennial Photographic Company of Philadelphia was granted exclusive rights to produce all photographic images of the New Orleans exposition. Included in this volume are more than 250 of those rare images, illustrating New Orleans and the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.
Customer Comments
Jeff Deaven
Posted: May 30, 2018
Customer comment 5 star rating
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!
Posted: May 30, 2018
Customer comment 5 star rating
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in World's Fair or New Orleans history, and the photos are wonderful!!
Kenneth Speth
Posted: May 30, 2018
Customer comment 5 star rating
Thank you for posting such a wonderful review, Jeff! I'm truly happy to hear that you enjoyed reading the book as much as I did writing it. Ken Speth
Posted: July 1, 2018
Customer comment 0 star rating
Have ordered this book and am anxious to see if any photographs of pottery from Itawamba County, Mississippi may have been included. I've recently learned of Itawamba potters who exhibited their wares at the 1884 World's Fair in New Orleans and would be thrilled to discover any photographs of them.