Outdoor view of a train platform featuring the Liberty Bell with four uniformed policemen. 16 1/2 x 13 in. (some fading, toning to image and mount), framed to 26 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (chips to corners). With typed card noting that the Bell was transported from Philadelphia on a special railroad car guarded by New Orleans police and displayed at the 1884-1885 World Cotton Centennial Exposition in New Orleans. -- Outdoor portrait of a steer. 10 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. albumen photograph on large cardstock mount (some spotting, toning to image and mount, dampstain to mount's lower edge). -- View of the Dakota Section in the Government and States Building. 13 x 16 1/2 in. albumen photograph on cardstock mount (mount toned). Period inscription to recto. -- Together, 3 large format albumen photographs, Wilson's imprint on mounts' rectos.
The World Cotton Centennial was a World's Fair organized to commemorate the earliest-surviving record of cotton export from the United States to England in 1784. Held in New Orleans which was home to the Cotton Exchange where one-third of all US cotton was handled. The US Congress helped to fund the large US Government & State Exhibits Hall - a view of the Dakota Exhibit in the building is included here.
Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography
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