Monday, October 10, 2005

Last month a straight-to-DVD film was released that explores the world of 1893 through a cinematic visit to Chicago's Columbian Exposition.

Titled EXPO - Magic of the White City, it is narrated by Gene Wilder and was filmed in high-definition. The exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 1 to October 30, 1893. It marked the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World.

On the film's Web site they have pictures of the various stamps, covers, envelopes, and postal stationary that were issued for and about the fair. Unfortunately, there are no write-ups or other background information about the items except for the personal collection of Dr. Neil Jan Gale.

Nevertheless, the material is interesting to look at (especially when it is enlarged), so click here to take a look. Then go out and rent the video.

Happy Columbus Day!

PS - For an interesting article on the controversial Columbian Exposition stamps (which were the nation's first commemorative stamps), click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM