Remarkable Photographs of Black Americans from the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris

The Library of Congress has a collection of photographs, arranged by W.E.B. Du Bois, especially for Paris’ Exposition Universelle. The collection depicts the “history and present conditions” (circa 1900) of black Americans. It’s a curious collection because nothing overt ties the photos together, except that everyone pictured is black and American. There are over 500 photographs of…

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The Wonders of Exposition Universelle, at the Turn of the Century

At the turn of the century, Paris hosted an Exposition Universelle, known to the rest of the world as the World’s fair of 1900. . Among the wonders introduced to mortals were the Crystal Palace, a building made entirely of iron and glass, the Hall of Machines, and the diesel engine.

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