Playing Cards of the White City: Tickets and Colorful Curiosities from Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair


Release date: March 5, 2020
Author: Ephraim Durnst
Length: 200 Pages
Full Color with Glossy Color Cover
MSRP: $39.95
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Colorful playing cards and admission tickets feature some of the best artwork and stunning imagery from the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.

This rare and fascinating collection of ornate memorabilia from the White City stirs the imagination with visions of playing a card game in the shadow of the Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Building or gaining entry to the fairgrounds with a collectible ticket that looks as good today as it did in the 19th century.

Ephraim Durnst (The Art of World War 1,) packs this full-color book with high-resolution imagery that transports curious historians back to one of the history’s greatest events, the World’s Fair of 1893. Two complete card decks are featured, each with a unique art style that compliments the era and shows off the landmarks. Commemorative, full-size pages display numerous World’s Fair tickets with their impeccable detail and stunning use of color engineered to prevent forgery.

– Two Decks of authentic World’s Fair souvenir playing cards
– Digitally enlarged, rare color lithographs commemorating the White City
– Chicago Day ticket with stub
– Manhattan Day ticket with stub
– Children’s passes to the Fair
– Fair tickets with different designs and colors on front and back
– A rare and unusual period panorama of Chicago
– Contemporary advertisement cards and brochures
– Rare collectible books
– Fascinating pre-Fair renderings of famous White City buildings
– More!

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