Bragging rights

November 2, 2018




Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition

Publisher: Frank Leslie’s Publishing House

Date: 1877


The Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, the first of its kind in the United States, was held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. After 10 years of planning, the exposition opened on May 10, 1876. It cost more than $11,000,000 (over $250,000,000 in today’s dollars) and covered over 450 acres of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. More than 10,000,000 people visited the 30,000 exhibitors – more than 1/5 of the entire population.


The Centennial Exposition was an opportunity for the United States to highlight its industrial and agricultural products. Introduced to the public for the first time were typewriters, a mechanical calculator, Bell’s telephone and Edison’s telegraph. Even new food products were exhibited, including Heinz Ketchup and Hires Root Beer.


The Philadelphia Centennial Exposition closed on November 10, 1876. It was considered a resounding success, especially for its impact on the image of the United States. Visitors and businessmen from abroad were astonished at America’s industrial power. Many commemorative books, including this one, as well as other objects were released to celebrate the success of the exposition.


Look for the book in the Formal Parlor.  

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