World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893
By Dr. Ljubo Vujovic and Marko Vujovic
The World Columbian Exposition was the World's Fair commemorating 400 years since Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World. Located on Lake Michigan to facilitate access by sea, road and rail. It was a gathering of ideas, men and technologies from every quarter of the globe, with each country contributing its best of their industrial, cultural, commercial and educational enterprises. The Renaissance style of the exposition buildings was unsurpassed by its architecture beauty. The Exposition itself was a work of art. The Exposition was a brilliant spectacle of science, art and industry. All the world has its pilgrimage to Columbian Exposition in 1893. Westinghouse became dedicated to promoting the polyphase alternating current system and felt that his best chance to introduce it to the public at large would be at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The exposition was the greatest event in America and in the world at that time. Ever the ingenious promoter Westinghouse outbid Edison for the contract to power the expositions lighting and electrical systems. Over Two Hundred thousand electric light bulbs were illuminated by Tesla's polyphase alternating current system. The Westinghouse display was a historic collection of machines, all powered with Tesla/Westinghouse alternating current. It was a spectacular display of lights and energy, which illuminated the exposition.
Pictures of this great event where taken from the following excellent books:
Dedication to the Opening - The Naval Review
As part of the ceremonies connected with the Columbian Exposition, a naval review took place in New York Harbor on April 27, 1893. Here were assembled, as one international fleet, thirty -five vessels of war. Never before had the squadrons of England, France, Russia and Germany, of Italy and Spain, in line with those of other empires and monarchies, passed parade before a president of the United States.
On board the thirty-five vessels of the Columbian fleet there were more than 10,000 officers, seamen and marine.
On the 19th of October anniversary was celebrated in the schools, not only in Chicago but all over the United States. There were essays, addresses, readings, declamations and patriotic songs.
In some other cities the anniversary was celebrated with parades, exercises, or other demonstration, each city and town selecting for itself the kind of celebration that suited its taste.
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