COLUMBIAN WORLDS FAIR SPOONS
The woman's building at the Columbian Worlds fair was of
As Bertha Palmer, the chairlady of the board of Lady Managers
"Even more important than the discovery of
Columbus, which we are gathered together to celebrate, is the fact the
General (Federal) Government has just discovered women"
This was the first time in history that the US Congress had actually
agreed to fund a building devoted to women
and the members of the ladies board of managers had to be women.
This Italian Renaissance style building was designed by a woman
architect, Sophia Hayden, (rarity) as both her first and last
The whole exhibition was supervised by the board of Lady Managers and
the two story, 80,000 square foot building was considered to be a
successful and important part of the worlds fair.
There was a huge number of different exhibits highlighting the progress
of woman from primitive to modern times as well as exhibits on women
from other cultures.
The library hosted over 7000 books by woman from the 16th thru the 19th
One of the exhibits was the
made to complete the building and a description of the spoon can be seen
by clicking here (will
open in new window)
all spoons are sterling
nice profile of wealthy Bertha M. Honore Palmer
under whose direction the woman's building became an integral part of
the worlds fair.
embossed picture of the woman's building at the
"going to the world's fair"
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