Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey on this double page, hand colored map from the 1874 Mitchell World Atlas. A beautiful and thoughtful gift.
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 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 wen to completing the remainder of the statue.
For the first two thirds of the 20th century, Camden was home to two phonograph and phonograph recording companies, one being RCA Victor, which was the world's largest manufacturer of these products. RCA Victor contained one of the first commercial recording studios in the nation. Enrico Caruso, an acclaimed Italian tenor, was one of the first to record there. For two years during the 1940s, the company was seriously impacted by the recording ban placed by the American Federation of Musicians. Nearly all union musicians were unable to record. After that, the recording studio continued into modern times, acquiring artists such as Latin Pop sensation Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and the Dave Matthews Band.
Archival reproduction print from high resolution scan. 15" x 24"