DescriptionWorld's Columbian Exposition: Eclectic Group of Miscellaneous Tickets and Related Souvenir Items. There is something for everyone in this assortment, a wonderful dealer lot or better still, a broad variety perfect for the new collector. The lot includes:
-Ice Railway Ticket, once thought to be exceedingly rare with perhaps 8-10 known. Then, in 2007, a mini-hoard was found with approximately 10 pairs. Still, estimates stand at fewer than 30 tickets in existence today! Here is a mint condition Concession 61 ticket and the perfect start for a new collector. Prices seemed to adjust down to $200 or so from a previous typical $500 and up once the other tickets were found.
-Good only Day of Sale ticket, 1/N, a fairly scarce example of this group, mint.
-Two Good Day of Sale tickets, difficult examples, indeed-1/H and 2/M.
-Heinz giveaway coupon, a free fob; cardboard example of the real thing given to visitors at the exhibitor's stand.
-Ticket from the free scale on display: "your weight is exact and___"
-Columbian Liberty Bell ticket. "This certificate entitles the holder to a share of the patriotic influence of the Columbian Liberty Bell"; one of the more ethereal tickets you'll find!
-A reserved seat ticket to G. Ward Cook's World's Fair Tour held just after the close of the fair like seen in our lot of post-fair tickets to slide presentations.
-Woven silk ribbon. One of the nicest silks we have seen woven at the fairgrounds. It is in the original vintage imprinted mat, which has cracked at one side but could be repaired easily if one wanted to display the silk with the original dated mat. The silk is the landing of Columbus and the colors are incredibly vivid, virtually as made. Clearly it has not been displayed but rather stored out of the light. This may be the finest color in a Stevengraph we have seen. The woven silk measures 2.5" x 7", the mat 6.5" x 10".
-Unused ticket to the new Field Columbian Museum in the former Fine Art Palace, the only main building preserved. This ticket is the cream of the crop of this lot. Today, this building houses the wonderful Museum of Science and Industry. The first we have seen, intended for public school students in Chicago immediately after the fair. Very rare, which we would estimate alone bringing $250-$350 and up. From the collection of Norm Bolotin.
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