Buxton and Skinner’s 1904 St Louis World’s Fair

Buxton & Skinner Stationery Company's "Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis" (1904)

Buxton & Skinner's "Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis"
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Date: 1904
Author: Buxton & Skinner
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Source: David Rumsey Map Collection
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The St. Louis Cardinals are the World Champions of baseball.

Anybody who's followed this blog for a while knows how much I A.) love the St. Louis Cardinals, and B.) how much I kind of despise the 1904 World's Fair, and the iron grip that it has on my city's imagination... but, well, what the hell. This is a pretty fantastic map.

I messed around with Google Earth's image overlay function just long enough to remember why I stopped doing that... but this image is absolutely begging for that treatment. So someone with more patience than I have in those areas is encouraged to give that a go... the results could be interesting.

I won't clutch pearls and wax on about how "I never gave up on the Redbirds" or any of that shit... they were toast, and then they weren't. It was a fun season.

(BTW, anyone who DIDN'T give up on the Narnies in late August shouldn't be bragging about it... this is a pet peeve of mine. That you didn't give up on them then doesn't make you a better fan... it means you weren't paying attention. THAT's how good of a comeback it was. I listen to 130 games a year and have for 15 years... I don't gotta justify shit to anyone. But... c'mon, y'all... don't play.)

For more map resources and imagery from this period in St. Louis's history, check out the State Historical Society of Missouri's website.

Update: — January 18, 2013
Look what I randomly came across during my ride today:

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