Sandwich Manufacturing Display at the T. M. & I. E


This is a picture of the Sandwich Manufacturing display in the transportation building at the Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition. The event was also known as the Omaha World's Fair and it was held from June 1 to October 31. 1898   Photograph by F. A. Rinehart

Omaha was inspired by the 1893 World's fair in Chicago, and the community leaders wanted to host a similar event. They procured a little over 180 acres and constructed numerous majestic but temporary buildings. Also there were lush gardens, a fountain, and a canal with gondola's. Although it was a smaller event than other world fairs, it captured national attention in magazines such as Harpers Weekly, and Century Bazaar, and attracted over two million visitors. Guest speakers included Senator Allen and President McKinley will "touch a button" in Washington that will set in motion the machinery to officially open the exposition.  

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