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Fred L. Howe 1895 Cotton States And International Exposition Photographs

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Fred L. Howe Cotton States and International Exposition photographs, 1895 (VIS 145)

Fred L. Howe (1857-1903) was a commercial photographer who practiced in Atlanta from 1895-1903, and was also a photographer for the Atlanta Constitution. The Cotton States and International Exposition was an international event that took place on the Piedmont Exposition grounds between September 18 and December 31, 1895. The Exposition was meant to foster trade between southern states and South American nations and to exhibit the resources of the region to the world. Exhibits showcased the latest technology in vital sectors of the American economy, while others focused on the accomplishments of women and blacks, Confederate history, African American and Native American history, and the Liberty Bell which was on loan from the city of Philadelphia. An amusement park was also constructed for the event. This collection contains photographs taken by Fred L. Howe at the Cotton States and International Exposition.  Photographs in the collection contain images of buildings and grounds, and exhibitions featuring advances in transportation, electricity, forestry, agriculture, and art.  Other photographs of exhibitions feature Confederate history, African American and Native American culture and history, and the Liberty Bell on loan from the city of Philadelphia.  The collection also illustrates exhibitions showcasing cultures from African and the Middle East.  Included among the images are those of the Exposition’s officers, including it’s President, Atlanta banker Charles A. Collier, as well as the President of the Woman’s Board, Mrs. Joseph Thompson.  Other photographs feature amusement park rides, a procession of the New York Press Club from the Georgia State Capitol building to the park, and an image taken during the visit of President Grover Cleveland on October 23rd.

The Fred L. Howe Cotton States and International Exposition photograph collection contains 88 black and white photographic prints, all of which are digitized and available on this database.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.