From the Photographic Archives Collection
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution, an international exposition was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where the Declaration of Independence was written. This first worlds fair held in the United States opened after ten years of planning and at a cost of more than $11 million. A march composed by Richard Wagner and an address by President Ulysses Grant celebrated the occasion. The views presented here are from a small fan-folded souvenir booklet of fifteen tritone chromolithographs.