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 stereoscope or stereo viewer is a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, as a single three-dimensional image.
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”.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904 – designed by Hornblower & Marshall, architects, Washington, D.C. – Siam Exhibit Building
Cavalry and the crowds at the St. Louis world’s fair
St. Louis World’s Fair – Crowd on the east end of the Pike
Gondolas on the Grand Basin, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 – photographer R. E. Steele
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
Festival Hall World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 R. E. Steele
Moki squaw making a blanket, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904
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.
Arkansas, terrace of 14 states comprising original Louisiana Purchase World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904
Grand view of Plaza Orleans and Festival Hill from wireless tower, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904.
The Grand Basin from the cascades, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904
Indian acrobats on the Pike, World’s Fair, St. Louis, Mo.
Spirit of the Pacific, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904
Pueblo Indian pottery sellers, Indian reservation, World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904
“Columbia,” the Esquimaux child born at World’s Fair, Chicago, now at World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 – Eskimo child with dog