World's Fair Bookmark

Q: I have a cloth bookmark that says "World's Fair, 1893, Chicago, Souvenir of Woman's Building" and has a picture of the building on it. I found it in an old book I purchased in about 1960. There is a little tear at the top, but otherwise it's in good condition. It's been in my safe deposit box for over 40 years. Does it have any value?

A: The 1893 World's Fair was also known as the World’s Columbian Exposition because it commemorated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's landing in the New World. The fair ran from May 1 to Oct. 30, 1893. The Woman's Building was designed by 21-year-old Sophia Hayden Bennett (1868-1953), the first American woman to receive a degree in architecture. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1890. After the fair closed, all of the fair buildings were torn down except for the Palace of Fine Arts, which is now the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry. Columbian Exposition bookmarks picturing fair buildings sell for about $75 if they’re in good condition.

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#1 Sweet!Lynne97030 2012-03-28 19:57
Thanks for sharing!

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