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1904 World's Fair
Full-Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School
Full-Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the World

Most fans of women’s basketball would be startled to learn that girls’ teams were making their mark more than a century ago—and that none was more prominent than a team from an isolated Indian boarding school in Montana. Playing like “lambent flames” across the polished floors of dance halls, armories, and gymnasiums, the girls from Fort Shaw stormed the state to emerge as Montana’s first basketball champions. Taking their game to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, these young women introduced an international audience to the fledgling game and returned home with a trophy declaring them champions. Champions of the World!

Still Shining Discovering! Lost Treasures from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Still Shining Discovering! Lost Treasures from the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

In Still Shining!, Diane Rademacher tracks down the present history and location of the 1904 World's Fair most beloved buildings and structures. Rademacher's book contains original pictures of famous structures and how they look today.

Inside the World's Fair of 1904
Inside the World's Fair of 1904: Exploring the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Vol. 1

With historical references and over 540 pictures, this is a comprehensive view of the World's Fair of 1904. The reader will see inside each building and concession from a perspective never experienced except by those who actually attended the fair.

Legacies of the St. Louis World's Fair
Legacies of the St. Louis World's Fair: A compilation of articles by Bert Minkin

This is a charming collection of articles about the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Published in conjunction with the 1904 World's Fair Society, it includes some little known facts and historic photographs.

Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair
Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair

"The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair." You’ll learn little known stories about what people ate and drank at the Fair and how companies like Pillsbury, Heinz and Jell-O tried to influence the fairgoer through food education and lots of free samples.

Fair America: World's Fairs in the United States
Fair America: World's Fairs in the United States

Billed by their promoters as "encyclopedias of civilization" expositions impressed tens of millions of fairgoers with model environments and utopian visions. Illustrated with archival photographs of fair buildings, exhibits, and souvenirs, this book surveys 150 years of these dazzling, culturally revealing events.

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893
The World's Columbian Exposition: The Chicago World's Fair of 1893

The Exposition honored the 400th anniversary of Columbus' voyage to America. Abundantly illustrated with historical photographs, this account tells of the fair's planning and construction and describes the exhibits, giving a sense of its extraordinary scale and the meaning it had for those who attended.

A World on Display: Photographs from the St. Louis World's Fair, 1904
A World on Display: Photographs from the St. Louis World's Fair, 1904

The Fair's organizers brought some 2,000 native people to St. Louis to take part in the most extensive anthropological exhibits ever assembled for a world's fair. The author has assembled seventy-five photographs of these "living exhibits" and explores what the photographs represented when they were made, how they were used and what significance they hold for viewers today.

St. Louis: The 1904 World's Fair
St. Louis: The 1904 World's Fair (Images of America: Missouri)

For seven months in 1904, St. Louis was the greatest city on earth. Millions flocked to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition to behold the inventions of the early 20th century.

St. Louis: The 1904 World's Fair tells the story of the greatest Victorian-era world’s fair since the lights of the fair faded over a century ago, while also examining the fair’s legacies and legends.

The World Came to St. Louis: A Visit to the 1904 World's Fair
The World Came to St. Louis: A Visit to the 1904 World's Fair

It is essentially the story of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition , from its conception in the fertile minds of St. Louis' "city fathers" to the closing night cerermonies on December 1, 1904. It is a thoroughly researched historical document filled with thousands of facts; and yet, unlike many historical works, the book is easy and enjoyable reading.

1904 St. Louis World's Fair
1904 St. Louis World's Fair

The St. Louis World's Fair of 1904 -- in rare color images... A hundred years after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the United States, a World's Fair -- the Louisiana Purchase Exposition -- was held in St. Louis, Missouri, to commemorate the event. Photographer T.W. Ingersoll documented the 1904 fair with his stereoscopic camera. A hundred of his photographs, originally published as a set, are now shown in color, along with postcard images and rare black and white photos of the fair.