Louis Aubrun. “Machinery Hall. Centennial International Exhibition. 1876. Fairmount Park Philadelphia.”
Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter, 1876. 13 3/4 x 21. Tinted lithograph. Full margins. Excellent color. Fine condition. Prints of Philadelphia: 231.
A large lithographic view of one of the main building for the Centennial International Exhibition, held in Philadelphia in 1876. This print was issued by Thomas Hunter, who took over the firm of P.S. Duval & Son, and continued to issue excellent prints of Philadelphia. The largest group of prints he issued was a series commissioned by the Centennial Board of Finance as part of the effort to publicize the forthcoming fair, and to raise money for this ambitious project. The prints were based upon official plans for the buildings, and they were designed to be sold separately as souvenirs of what was to become America’s first great tourist attraction. This print was designed to picture one of the impressive main buildings of the exhibition in all its architectural splendor, its huge size highlighted by the milling crowds strewn about. This temporary structure was the second largest building at the Exhibition, and was located near the Main Building. The building was designed to house machinery and it included perhaps the most popular exhibit of the Exhibition, the immense Corliss Engine which provided electricity for most of the other machines in the fair.