Imagine yourself back at the turn of the century. You will be visiting a magical, almost imaginary city.
There will be immense Palaces, stunning vistas, princesses and daily parades. You will be immersed into a perfectly planned and constructed Utopian model for the future.
Remember, this is a time before planes flew and electricity was new.
I scanned these images from the September 1904 issue of The Cosmopolitan magazine. This issue is devoted entirely to a fascinating description of the Fair by John Brisben Walker.
I left these images quite large to give you a better understanding of the incredible scale of the Fair. Keep in mind as you marvel at the immense architecture - everything was only temporary. After the Fair closed almost everything was demolished and Forest Park in St. Louis was returned to its previous, although enhanced, condition.
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