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Souvenir of Columbian Exposition, 1893

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Souvenir of Columbian Exposition, 1893

Retailer: Mandel Brothers (active Chicago, Illinois, 1855 - 1970)

Date: c. 1893
Medium: Paper, gilt wood, silk, brass
Overall: 13 1/2in. (34.3cm)
Markings: On guard: "Mandel Bros. Chicago"
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. H. Maldwyn Jones and Miss Elizabeth Jones
Object number: 81.38
Label Text

This souvenir from the World’s Columbian Exposition shows the rounded dome of the Palace of Agriculture (right) and the long arcades of the Manufacture and Liberal Arts buildings (left). A visitor standing before the Administration building and looking across the Grand Basin would have had this view. The allegorical figure, possibly intended to represent the Republic, differs from the statute still standing in Jackson Park. She has been given a spindly throne and an entourage of cherubs holding symbols of Industry, Art, and Science. Prominent among the flowers in the corners are goldenrod, lilac, and pansies. On the reverse shows a body of water with boats, two large buildings, and a pavillion.