Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition
Phosphorescent lamps, Juicy Fruit gum, the introduction of the hamburger to the United States. To speed up the painting process during construction of the fair in 1892, Francis Davis Millet invented spray painting. And let's not forget the vintage amusement park milestone: the first Ferris wheel. The 1893 World's Fair had wonders and miracles aplenty. The structures built specifically for it inspired the Emerald City of L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz and Walt Disney's theme parks. Interestingly, Disney's father Elias was a construction worker on some of the buildings at the fair.

Enjoy this sumptuous video, featuring a collection of historical postcards commemorating the grand fair which opened 118 years ago this weekend.

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