- Those Places Thursday: The St. Louis World’s Fair, 1904
- Amanuensis Monday: 1904 World’s Fair Visit- W. H. Spiggle Letter to Abraham and Rose Green
- Shopping Saturday: Souvenirs from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair
- Sentimental Sunday: More Souvenirs from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
- Those Places Thursday: 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair Souvenirs
Trays and plates were common and popular souvenirs of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. These could be displayed on a bric-a-brac shelf, used for mints or candies, or placed on a dressing table, where the owner would be reminded of the enjoyable time they had at the Fair.
(Again, I apologize for the quality of the pictures.)
Yes, this is really called ‘Goofus Glass.” Here is the reverse, so you can see the painting:
Many of the metal trays were finished to look like copper, which was very popular during the Arts & Crafts/Craftsman movement prevalent during the early 1900s.
I hope that you have enjoyed this series that looks back to the souvenirs that our ancestors might have purchased during their trip to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. They would have enjoyed the memories of their time at the Fair for many years, reinforced by these objects that would have a place of honor in their home. Our ancestors were probably in awe of all the wonderful things they saw at the Fair that looked forward to the technology of the future- they would be amazed at how much farther our world has progressed, far beyond imagination!
Notes, Sources, and References:
1) Goofus glass: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goofus_glass
2) Purchased artifacts, not our family heirlooms, in author’s collection.
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