Exposition universelle internationale de 1900 (Paris, France)
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Silver gelatin paper prints, on mounts 7-3/8 x 9-3/8"
0.1 cu. ft
2 flat boxes: 199 photoprints
Tour Eiffel (Paris, France)
L'Exposition Universelle de Paris, 1900, represented a desire to awe and mystify a new generation in a new century. In 1892 the Republic of France announced her intention to host the Universal Exposition and dreamed of uniting the nations in a common project; many promptly accepted and planned exhibits enthusiastically. Central Paris was chosen as the fairgrounds, an area containing three great buildings, such as the Eiffel Tower, constructed for past world's fairs; an area on the right bank of the Seine was later added. Exhibits included the "Cineorama," with hand-colored films, phonograph music, and live commentary, which was the first of many developments in film technique and presentation which had their first public showing at world exhibitions, the Mareorama, and other attractions. Art Nouveau, the creative rage of the exhibition, seemed to symbolize its theme.
Photographs of the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900, which record many buildings and pavilions that were among the chief points of interest, including the Monumental Entrance, Art Palaces and the Bridge of Alexander III, national pavilions lining the Seine River, and the Palace of Machinery; also, views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, and statuary. Photographer unidentified; images appear to be an official documentation, perhaps commissioned by the exposition organizers.
Paris Exposition Universelle Photoprints, 1900, Archives Center, National Museum of American History