The History of World Expositions

The Saint Louis World Exposition 1904

Year: 1904
City: St. Louis
Country: USA
Duration: 30th April - 1st December 1904

Copyright: Schm├╝lling 1904

Frederick J. V. Skiff on the aim of the exposition
"The scene which stretches before us today is fairer than upon which Christian gazed from Delectable Mountain. (...) Over and above all [the fair] is the record of the social conditions of mankind, registering not only the culture of the world at this time, but indicating the particular plans along with which different races and different peoples may safely proceed, or in fact have begun to advance towards a still higher development"
quotation from: Rydell 1984, p. 159.

"Meet me in St. Louis", Song by Andrew B. Sterling and Kerry Mills
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair,
Don´t tell me the lights are shining
Any place but there;
We will dance the Hoochee-Koochee
I will be your tootsie wootsie
If you will meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair.
quotation from: Rydell 1984, p. 154.

Speech of the German ambassador on German Day
"Ladies and gentlemen! It is a particular honour and a great pleasure for me to greet you today in St. Louis and to congratulate you on your great achievements. This is probably the first time in the history of this great republic that thousands upon thousands of men and women of German blood have stood together shoulder to shoulder in this way. I am convinced that the millions of Germans who transposed the traditions of the fatherland to the land of their choice, where they have loyally preserved them and handed them down to their descendants, today look down from their eternal home on this new generation with pleasure and pride. This is a generation which has so admirably built on their inheritance, bringing honour to the name of Germany in America and employing their valuable skills so powerfully to achieve a peaceful development in their new home. Their achievements have filled the hearts of people in the fatherland with pride and gratefulness. America owes much to German virtues, as has been proclaimed so often from the lips of the top men in this country.
You are all aware of the warm interest which the German Kaiser shows in your lives and your work. The marvellous monument of German achievement and German skill that he has created shines as one of the main jewels among the dazzling treasures of this Fair. It announces that both its fatherland and its adopted home in America have both achieved great things in the course of their amazing development. His Majesty the Kaiser has instructed me to bring you the following message:
"On the occasion of this celebration I offer the valiant and upright citizens of America who did not want the World Fair in St. Louis to be without the celebration of a German Day, my imperial greeting and congratulations. May the day be celebrated in unalloyed joy as a noble testimonial of what German immigration means for the amazing development of the great transatlantic free state.
Rominten, 6 October 1904. Wilhelm J. R.'"
source: Weltausstellung in St. Louis 1904.
Official catalogue 1904, p. 50 f.

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