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For the World’s Colombian Exposition, held in Chicago, Illinois, in 1893, exposition planner Daniel Burnham wanted a visual landmark that would compare in stature to the grandness and innovation of the Eiffel Tower, built for the Paris Exposition in 1890. He accepted a design from American engineer George Washington Gale Ferris for a steel-framed wheel 76.2 m (250 ft) tall that had 36 cars, each of which could carry up to 60 people. Two 1000-horsepower steam engines turned the wheel in either direction. Ferris sold stock in the project to finance it and earned a profit of more than a million dollars. The wheel eventually was moved to St. Louis, Missouri, for the 1904 World’s Fair.

et501.jpg (317311 bytes)FERRIS WHEEL. Cabinet card photograph. 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Very good, vertical format view of the Ferris Wheel w/ imprinted title on mount. Also printed on verso is information regarding the height, weight etc of the famed attraction. Harris, N.Y. photographer's imprint. Fine condition and clarity. (ET501). $120.


et503.jpg (280048 bytes)FERRIS WHEEL. Cabinet card photograph. 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Horizontal format photo of the Ferris Wheel., w/ imprinted information on back. J.P. Williams photographer imprint on verso. Avg cond, somewhat lacking contrast, w/ minor soiling, a light scratch in sky area left side. (ET503); $75.


gl005.jpg (150812 bytes)FERRIS WHEEL Cabinet Card. 6 1/2 " x 4 1/4" View of The Ferris Wheel at the Midway of the Columbians Exposition, Chicago 1893. Measurements and info printed on back. Brisbois, Chicago photographer's imprint in negative. Exhibits some minor soiling and use, light crease bottom center, overall VG+. (Gl.05); $75.


et504.jpg (296448 bytes)FERRIS WHEEL. Cabinet card photograph. 6 1/2" x 4 1/4". Very good, vertical format view of the Ferris Wheel w/ imprinted title on mount. Also printed on verso is information regarding the height, weight etc of the famed attraction. Snell, Boston photographer's imprint. Later pen notation on back, o/w fine condition and clarity. (ET504). $100.


 

 

et123.jpg (242628 bytes)TIGHT ROPE WALKER. 11" x 4 3/8" 19th c. broadside for " The Aerial Prince LeRoy", extolling the feats of " the Greatest High Rope Walker and Aerial Gymnast the world has ever known". Exhibits foxing and toning, had been pasted down as some point, and has remnants of affixed ppaper on back. (Et.123); $200.  

 

 

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