Timothy Tuttle's Visit to the World's Fair game

Description (Brief):

This reading game was made to coincide with the World’s Columbian Exposition, a world’s fair that opened in Chicago in 1893. Commonly known as the “White City,” the fair was essential in establishing Chicago’s image as an economic and cultural force. An enormous success, the exposition hosted 27 million visitors in its five-month run.

Souvenir game commemorating the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893. Timothy Tuttle's Visit to the World's Fair features 166 game pieces.

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition was an assertive statement about American culture and identity. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World. The fair was created by American business, political and artistic leaders to exhibit American progress and to proclaim America's arrival as an economic and cultural force on the world scene. The Columbian Exposition's centerpiece was the remarkable Ferris Wheel, invented and designed to challenge the 1889 Paris Exposition's Eiffel Tower as the world's most modern wonder. The Fair was an enormous success, having 27 million visitors during its May through October run.

In addition to exhibits relating to agriculture, science and industry, the Fair hosted a variety of cultural displays, including an exhibit of American art and performances from artists such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and John Philip Sousa. The exotic Midway attractions featured performers such as ragtime pianist Scott Joplin and the dancer Little Egypt.

The African American community was essentially excluded except as performers and for the allowance of a single day for coloreds only. Black leaders disagreed on the proper response to this slight, some encouraging participation, while others demanding a change in policy, continuing America's ongoing national discussion about racial representation and exclusion.

Date Made: 1893

Maker: Milton Bradley Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Springfield

Subject: Expositions and FairsGamesRelated Event: World's Columbian Exposition

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Credit Line: The Larry Zim World's Fair Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0438.0791Catalog Number: 1989.0438.0791Accession Number: 1989.0438Catalog Number: 1893TY04

Object Name: Game, Timothy Tuttle's Visit ...game

Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 1.27 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-ae31-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1125979

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