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Title: Postcard - "St. Louis World's Fair, Fischer's World's Fair Orchestra"
Identifier: 2005.4.182.11
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1904
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Card advertising 'Fischer's World's Fair Orchestra'. Printed in red on front of card: "Fischer's World's Fair Orchestra. Direction and Management: Chas. L. Fischer. An Organization of Merit. Permanent Address, Kalamazoo, Mich. May to October 1904. Inside Inn, St. Louis, Mo." Reverse side: "Favourite Selections: A Deed of the Pea, March Two-Step; Emblematic of the Fair, by Neil Moret, Composer of the Tune of the World, Hiawatha, The Gondolier, The Great $5000 Intermezzo; The popular two-step craze. Solo: The Moorish Intermezzo. Navajo: The Great Indian Two-Step Music the same as the song." 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 (1915-2004 ) 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 http://ftp.apci.net/~truax/1904wf.
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