Vintage: Portraits of People in Their Traditional Costumes (1893 Chicago World’s Fair)

Vintage: Portraits of People in Their Traditional Costumes (1893 Chicago World’s Fair)


The World Columbian Exposition was held from May to October 1893 in Chicago in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the new world. In competition with many other cities, Chicago was finally designated the official site and the Exposition was built on 630 acres in and around Jackson Park. It was a spectacular display of progress and prosperity, and included among its many wonders electrical exhibits, exhibits from other countries, and a popular amusement area on Midway Plaisance with carnival rides, among them the first Ferris Wheel. Most of the fair’s architecture was based on classical design which gave the area around the Court of Honor the name “The White City.”

William, a Samoan man, in his traditional costume and elaborate headdress.

William, a Samoan man, in his traditional costume and elaborate headdress.

Mrs. Theresa Joseph (the wife of Mr. D. Joseph), an East Indian woman from Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).

Mrs. Theresa Joseph (the wife of Mr. D. Joseph), an East Indian woman from Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).

William Aeko, a Hawaiian singer from Honolulu, Hawaii.

William Aeko, a Hawaiian singer from Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mary Dookshoode Annanuck, an Eskimo woman.

Mary Dookshoode Annanuck, an Eskimo woman.

Margarette Olsen, a young Swedish peasant woman from Dalecarlia, Sweden.

Margarette Olsen, a young Swedish peasant woman from Dalecarlia, Sweden.

Nichan, an Armenian man in the uniform of the Janizaries, a Turkish military band of soldiers. The figure on the left is a Greek man.

Nichan, an Armenian man in the uniform of the Janizaries, a Turkish military band of soldiers. The figure on the left is a Greek man.

Mr. E. Ruscheweyh, the leader of the German Infantry Band which performed at the German Village on the Midway Plaisance.

Mr. E. Ruscheweyh, the leader of the German Infantry Band which performed at the German Village on the Midway Plaisance.

Mahbouba Um Zanuba, a forty-year-old woman from the Sudan who was said to have been the mother of twenty-three children.

Mahbouba Um Zanuba, a forty-year-old woman from the Sudan who was said to have been the mother of twenty-three children.

Ah Que, a Chinese woman married to Wong Ki.

Ah Que, a Chinese woman married to Wong Ki.

Hallad Abdalah, a Syrian Bedouin sheik.

Hallad Abdalah, a Syrian Bedouin sheik.

Toendoora, a lovely young Javanese woman from the island of Java.

Toendoora, a lovely young Javanese woman from the island of Java.

Mr. D. Joseph, an East Indian from Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).

Mr. D. Joseph, an East Indian from Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka).

Rebecca Meise Alithensil, a Jewish woman.

Rebecca Meise Alithensil, a Jewish woman.


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