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Thomas Eakins' exhibitor's pass to the United States Exhibition Photograph of Centennial Exhibition Photograph of Colossal Hand and Torch Liberty
CENTENNIAL EXPOSITION
SUSAN MACDOWELL
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY
Eakins sent several paintings to Memorial Hall, which was the main the building that housed the Art Gallery and Art Exhibition. Among the paintings that were put on Exhibition at Memorial Hall was the picture of his father and his friends called the Chess Players. He also showed a watercolor of baseball players and his portrait of Dr. Rand, who had been his Chemistry Professor at Central High School.
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EAKINS AT MEMORIAL HALL
This is... a celebration of industry and the industrial prowess of the United States and certainly amongst the great exhibitions there... is the great manufactured product of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia manufacturers. So, there's this kind of celebration of independence. But it's really a celebration of America emerging as an industrial giant, and of course in the city of Philadelphia, which was the manufacturing center. WALTER LICHT, Ph.D.
Historian, University of Pennsylvania
Four hundred and fifty acres of Fairmont Park were given over to the Centennial Exhibition grounds. They built about 200 city buildings ranging in size -- including a building that covered more than 20 acres. Countries from around the world contributed. England, France, Germany, Italy, what was then known as the Orange Free State -- which is now known as South Africa, Brazil, Chile. So countries from North and South America, from Africa, Europe, China and Japan also sent exhibits... It was the first world's fair that was held in a village of pavilions of separate exhibition buildings... They had so many contributions, they had so many things to show, they built 200 hundred buildings to house everything from the latest Baldwin locomotive to George Washington's uniform that he had wore extensively during the Valley Forge Campaign. A young man by the name of Alexander Graham Bell sent a telephone for exhibition. ELIZABETH MILROY, Ph.D.
Art Historian, Wesleyan University
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