1874 Mitchell World Atlas – Pennsylvania

 

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From the Mitchell World Atlas of 1874. Hand colored with the signature Mitchell grapevine border.

The first official World's Fair (a general term for large public exhibitions which vary greatly around the world) of the United States took place in 1876 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from May to November. The fair celebrated the centennial of the Declaration of Independence's signing. It was officially titled the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of Soil and Mine, but was referred to as the Centennial International Exhibition. The exhibition attracted about 10 million visitors, about 20 percent of the United State's population at the time. Several consumer products were first displayed in this exhibition, including Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and Heinz Ketchup. The right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty were showcased at the fair as a money raising strategy. For 50 cents, visitors could climb the ladder to the balcony. The money raised went to completing the remainder of the statue.

This hand colored map from that year shows the political and geographical features of the state. Note the curvature of the mountains in the center of the state.

Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 15" x 24"

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