White City Recollections: The Illustrated 1893 Diary of a Trip to the World's Columbian Exposition

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With youthful enthusiasm, eighteen-year-old Friend Pitts Williams absorbed the world's fair of 1893 and candidly recorded his illuminating and sometimes romantic observations in this diary. As did millions of others, he traveled by train to Chicago and immersed himself in the captivating sights and events of the greatest world's fair—the watershed and record-breaking World's Columbian Expositon, popularly called "The White City."

His insightful record is illustrated with 270 photographs that the authors have carefully selected from their extensive Columbian Exposition reference library which exactly match the scenes the young man describes.

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This is and easy-to-read diary since it has large 11-point text and its many nostalgic illustrations appear at the page where the subject is discussed. Together, the book can also be used as a Columbian Exposition reference since it contains a full map of the fairgrounds, complete index, and a bibliographic source listing for each inserted photograph.

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The original diary was not signed, but the authors felt that the reader should know who wrote it and thus make the the diary as personal as possible. They set about finding the diarist by combing newspaper records of the day using clues given in the diary. They found the one-and-only father-and-son combination that left their home in Olean, New York, for the fair on the very day the diary begins: August 17, 1893. Then, using a variety of geneology records, they found the history of the family that went to the fair that summer of 1893. This compelling detective story is told in the Introduction to the book.

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