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Rand, McNally Co; 'S A Week at the Fair, Illustrating the Exhibits and Wonders of the World's Columbian Exposition

Rand, McNally Co; 'S A Week at the Fair, Illustrating the Exhibits and Wonders of the World's Columbian Exposition

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Excerpt from Rand, McNally Co; 'S A Week at the Fair, Illustrating the Exhibits and Wonders of the World's Columbian Exposition: With Special Descriptive Articles

The aim of this guide is to afford to its readers the fullest, clearest, most concise, and, above all, the most reliable information upon every subject embraced within its scope. Its space is too limited to admit of verbose descriptions or discursive ramblings (even were such desirable), and mere dull, dry cataloguing of details has been equally avoided.

With those who will require its aid, the most important questions are:

1st. How can I best reach the Exposition?

2d. What are the objects of interest there?

3d. How can I most easily and understandingly see and enjoy the sights?

These questions are, we hope, fully and satisfactorily answered by this guide, in the following manner:

Assuming that the visitor has but a week at his disposal, and in that time desires to do the greatest amount of sight-seeing possible, with the least trouble and expense, the "Week at the Fair" has been compiled with the view of enabling him, without further information -

To reach the Fair grounds from any part of the city.

To find his way about the grounds and locate any building, or other object of interest, without trouble.

To understand fully each and every exhibit and its location.

To post himself thoroughly as to the architecture, size, cost, and decorations of all buildings; the name and description of each statue, fountain, obelisk, etc., with the names of the architects, artists, and sculptors who designed them.

To enable him at the close of each day to select the nearest and best route to his home in the city.

More than a year's experience in and careful study of the grounds, buildings, and exhibits by a competent corps of compilers (residents of the city of Chicago) insure the accuracy and guarantee the completeness of the information herein contained.

The cuts with which this work is profusely illustrated were in nearly every case obtained from photographs or drawings made upon the spot, and are accurate and artistic. Authentic ground-plans of the floors of buildings, showing the locations and classifications of exhibits, are inserted, and will be found of great value and service in tracing particular displays. Added to all this is a thoroughly accurate indexed map.

It may be well to mention that in everything relating to the city of Chicago itself "The Handy Guide to Chicago" and "Bird's-eye Views and Guide to Chicago," issued by the publishers of this work, give the most complete and accurate information.

In almost every instance the architects of the chief buildings and the artists and sculptors themselves have described their work, and in such clear, forcible style that even the technical terms of their different arts are made plain to all. In this way alone was it possible to secure thoroughly accurate descriptions of their masterpieces.

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