An admission ticket to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. This is ticket number 148376 of ‘series A’ of which 500,000 were printed. These beautiful tickets were produced by the American Bank Note Company.
These are often collected by the series of six different designs. The four common tickets portray an Indian, Columbus, Washington, and Lincoln. These vignettes signify four periods of U.S History from pre European settlement to current time. The two ‘special tickets’ are the Franklin which was a complimentary pass and the Handel; which relates to the “water” theme of the fairgrounds.
The World’s Columbian Exposition was held in the ‘White City’ on the south side of Chicago from May 1, 1893 to October 30, 1893. It was perhaps the premier event of the late 19th century in the United States.