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[Photo Album]: Liberty Bell's Trip to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
1915. Hardcover. Oblong folio. Measuring 13" x 12". Brown leather over stiff paper boards with "David W. Harris" stamped in gilt on the front board. Contains 630 sepia-toned or black and white gelatin silver photographs measuring between 3.25" x 4.25" and 8" x 10", some with captions. Good only with front cover detached but present, rubbing, chips, and tears, with near fine photographs. An extensive photo album detailing the two-year cross country journey of the Liberty Bell in 1915. The Bell was on its way to and returning from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco which was held to celebrate the recently finished Panama Canal. Additionally laid in is a pamphlet from the fair with the history of the Bell printed on it, an opinion piece from the *Rock Island Argus and Daily Union* in Illinois weighing in on the debate over whether San Francisco should have access to the bell: "let San Francisco have the bell. Its pilgrimage to the Pacific coast will bring out some of the most impressive demonstrations of American patriotism the country has ever seen." The decision to send it out was mostly due to a petition signed by 500,000 school children which convinced Pennsylvania officials to lend the bell to the Exposition: a picture of the petition is seen here. This photo album was compiled by David W. Harris, a Philadelphia Councilman, who was part of the Bell's "councilmanic escort" on its journey to and from the exposition. The bell was sent on a cross country "whistle stop tour" of the United States while making its way to the West Coast. According to Lau … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers (betweenthecoversrarebooks) [Gloucester City, New Jersey, United States]
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