Resources on Display
at the World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893

 

Photograph of a Farm ScenePhotograph of a Farm Scene, Designed From Grain Products, In the Illinois Building. The cereal exhibit in the Illinois State Building featured a large depiction of a rural scene which looked like an oil painting from far away but which was actually constructed out of Illinois' native grasses and grains. The entire exhibit including the picture's frame, curtains in front of it, other wall coverings, and booths displaying goods were all made out of grains and grasses found in the state of Illinois. Click on the picture at the left to see a close up of the Illinois Farm Scene made from grains.

 

Photograph of a Farm ScenePhotograph of Horse Reproduced in Grains in the Missouri Pavilion A life-size three dimensional sculptre of a horse constructed entirely out of grain was a feature of Missouri's exhibit. This grain horse was housed in the Missouri Pavilion of the Agricultural Building. The photograph at the left (click for a close up) shows the horse sculputre flanked by trains, dried corn, and American flags. Other state exhibits included American iconography made from grain, like the Iowa Building which contained corn art, corn decorations, corn pictures depicting other natural resorces of Iowa, and an American eagle and sheilds made of corn.

 

Photograph of a Farm SceneInterior View of Kansas State Building, Showing the Artistic Work in Grains and the Miniature Railway of the Rock Island Company. The inside of the Kansas State Building was covered in decorations made from the state's native grains. There was also a model of the Rock Island Railway, panoramic scenes of the state's landscape, and booths displaying various goods. Click on the picture at the left for a close up view of the interior of the Kansas State Building. Look closely to see the grain wall coverings and other decorations, as well the banners that proudly declared facts about Kansas like the one at the far end of the room which reads, "Wheat Statistics, 1893."

 

credits: "Photograph of a Farm Scene, Designed From Grain Products, in the Illinois Building," World’s Columbian Exposition Illustrated (July 1893), 121. "Photograph of Horse Reproduced in Grains in the Missouri Pavilion," World’s Columbian Exposition Illustrated (October 1893), 218. "Interior View of Kansas State Building, Showing the Artistic Work in Grains and the Miniature Railway of the Rock Island Company," World’s Columbian Exposition Illustrated (January 1894), 313.


© 2010 Rebecca Edwards, author of New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865-1905 by Rebecca Edwards, Oxford University Press

 

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Part I: Excerpts from the Education Art Series, N. D. Thompson Publishing Company, St. Louis, Missouri, 1893, in a weekly series of 20 portfolios


 

Part II: Poems and Architecture in the State Buildings, by David Greenstein Vassar '05


 

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