St. Louis World’s Fair
In 1904, the World’s Fair took place in St. Louis, Missouri. The photographs below give you a glimpse of what it was like. The double pictures were made for stereoscopes which were popular at the time.
A typical stereoscope provides each eye with a lens that makes the image seen through it appear larger and more distant and usually also shifts its apparent horizontal position, so that for a person with normal binocular depth perception the edges of the two images seemingly fuse into one “stereo window”.
The song Meet me in St. Louis, Louis was composed by Kerry Mills, Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling and sung by Billy Murray. It was recorded on May 28, 1904 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904 – designed by Hornblower & Marshall, architects, Washington, D.C. – Siam Exhibit Building
Geronimo, the famous Apache chieftain, for many years a terror to the early settlers, Worlds Fair, St. Louis, 1904. He was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and Texas for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. “Geronimo” was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. Geronimo’s Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English. After a Mexican attack on his tribe, where soldiers killed his mother, wife, and his three children in 1858, Geronimo joined a number of revenge attacks against the Mexicans. In 1886, after a lengthy pursuit, Geronimo surrendered to Texan faux-gubernatorial authorities as a prisoner of war. At an old age, he became a celebrity, appearing at fairs, but he was never allowed to return to the land of his birth. Geronimo died in 1909 from complications of pneumonia at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
“Creation,” on the Pike, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 by R. E. Steele
Entrance to Transportation Building, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904Making an Indian arrow, Indian camp, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904Festival Hill and cascades from the German Bldg., World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 Idaho State Building, a cool and cozy little Mexican structure, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904Black Horse, a Pawnee chieftain in costume, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 Electric Building from sculptured terrace leading up to Festival Hall, World’s Fair St. Louis 1904.
Indian acrobats on the Pike, World’s Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
“Columbia,” the Esquimaux child born at World’s Fair, Chicago, now at World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 – Eskimo child with dog