May 2019

This Day in History… May 1, 1893

World’s Columbian Exposition 

U.S. #2616 was issued for the 1992 World Columbian Stamp Expo.

US #2616 was issued for the 1992 World Columbian Stamp Expo. Click image to order.

On May 1, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition opened in Chicago, Illinois.

Though the 1876 world’s fair in Philadelphia had been a financial failure, American businessmen wanted to try again.  Particularly, they wanted to hold a fair marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ landing in America.  While several cities made a bid to host the expo, Chicago was ultimately selected when banker Lyman Gage raised several million dollars in a 24-hour period, putting him ahead of the competition.

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