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Title: Postcard - "St. Louis World's Fair, Education and Social Economy Building,"
Identifier: 2005.4.182.1
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1904
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: St. Louis World's Fair postcard with a coloured illustration of the Education and Social Economy building. The building on the postcard is impressive with a classical design, tall pillars around the periphery, and entrances topped with sculptures. Flags adorn the roof lines. There are wide green lawns with planting in the foreground and visitors flocking around the entrance. On the face of the card in the top right hand corner: "Official Souvenir Post Card". Below the picture is printed "Education and Social Economy Building", while at the lower left hand corner are the words "Samuel Cupples Envelope Co., St. Louis, New York, Sole Stationery Licensee, Copyright 1903 Lou. Pur. Exp. Co." At the right hand lower corner is the signature: "C. Graham". The reverse has "Post Card" in large capitals and at the top right hand corner a stamp outline with words "Place stamp here. One Cent Stamp for United States, Canada, & Mexico. Two cent stamp for all other countries." At the lower left hand side is "This side for address only" and above it in a circle "World's Fair St. Louis 1904". History: This postcard is from an album (2005.4.181) of postcards which belonged to Annie Harris. Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1883-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary (1859-1954) Harris. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915- ) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1968 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived for many years in the log cabin originally given to her parents by her grandparents at 1723 Birchwood Drive. Barbara has recently moved to Kelowna, British Columbia to live with her daughter although she continues to maintain a close tie with the museum. The St. Louis World's Fair ran from April 30th to December 1st, 1904. Over 12 million people visited this fair which highlighted art, science and culture from around the world. This fair was also known as the "Louisiana Purchase Exposition" as it commemorated the 1803 Louisiana Purchase which more than doubled the size of the United States. For more information on the St. Louis World's Fair see
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