Tag: 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

History United States Victorian era

California Columbian Club Prepares for the 1893 World’s Fair: This Week in History

California possibly would be the best represented state at the World’s Fair in Chicago, the Los Angeles Times declared April 9, 1893. The state’s building would be the largest structure on the fairgrounds that wasn’t built specifically for the exposition and was, in the opinion of the Times, “the most beautiful and attractive edifice within […]

History Nonfiction United States Victorian era Writing & Editing

Photography Book Examines 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition

Michael Finney makes his book debut with 1893 Chicago’s Columbian Exposition: Arts and Culture on the Doorstep of the 20th Century, a collection of photographs taken during the fair.  It also includes Finney’s commentary and modern photography. The inspiration for the collection was a book of official photographs published in 1893 that an antique book […]

History United States Victorian era

Keeping Away the Darkness: The Electrification of Cities

This week marks the 139th anniversary of an very momentous event in modern civilization.  Dec. 31 is the day Thomas Edison first demonstrated his incandescent lightbulb in Menlo Park, NJ. The lightbulb was nothing new in 1879.  It had been around longer than the 32-year-old Edison.  Older models were expensive and didn’t burn for long.  […]

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Josephine Cochran: History of the Dishwasher

Most of us rarely stop to think about the history of mundane things, such as our household items and appliances.  The dishwasher didn’t become commonplace in homes until the latter part of the 20th century.  However, the dishwasher has a history dating back more than 150 years.  What’s more, unlike many objects in your home, […]

Books & Publishing History Nonfiction Victorian era

Devil in the White City

I was excited to see that Erik Larson’s book Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is in development to be made into a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Larson’s book reads like a novel but is, in reality, a nonfiction piece. Every event that occurs in the […]

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