Also known as the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the event celebrated the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, a transaction between the United States and France in which the US paid $15 million for a large swath of land ranging from the Canadian border to Louisiana, along the western bank of the Mississippi. St. Louis, being centrally located within that territory, made it a natural location for the World’s Fair.
As with any major public fair, there was an incredible array of items available for purchase by fair-goers, and this auction illustrates the range and depth of items made for the St. Louis World’s Fair.
The 166 lots of material come from the Herman family collection and appears to be first to market. Pottery, ribbons, hand fans, tip trays, medals and photo books, then a still-new phenomenon, are all found in the collection.
Revisit one of the great public events of American history by registering to bid in Soulis Auction’s 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition auction Saturday, September 30, beginning at 2 pm Eastern time.