Auction 125, Lot 282

"View of the St. Louis Fair Grounds - Presented by William Barr & Co.",

Subject: St. Louis, Missouri

Period: 1876 (dated)


Color: Black & White

20.8 x 10 inches
52.8 x 25.4 cm

This is a rare and wonderful bird's eye view of the old St. Louis fairgrounds published twenty-eight years before hosting the 1904 World's Fair, "The Louisiana Purchase Exposition" as it was known. This well-executed stone lithograph features the busy fairgrounds with street scenes including thousands of people walking the grounds, horse carriages delivering people to the front gate, and more. The extensive key across the top lists fifty numbered locations. The pocket map folds into soft covers, a promotional for the William Barr Company - Dry Goods, Millinery, Notions, Boots, Shoes, etc. Eight pages include a train schedule, ads for Barr Co. and daily fair schedule (excluding Sunday). Copyright Jno. McKittrick & Co. A most uncommon pocket map in fine condition.


Condition: A+

Two small darkened areas where map is pasted into covers, otherwise an exquisite example of this rare pocket map.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/24/2008