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Mosquito Flats, 1960

Originally wetland, the land upon which the Mosquito Flats neighborhood now stands was drained and developed beginning in 1959. Many residents desired property in the neighborhood, given its scenic riverside location. Photo Courtesy: Iowa City Press…

Antonio, Chief of the Igorrotes

By Kimberly Sheehy The Igorots were among one of the largest tribes that Taft had sent to the World’s Fair. The image of Antonio, Chief of the Igorot people, displays him using a typewriter.1 The use of the typewriter disrupts the fairgoers…

If Books Could Talk Logo

Logo for the If Books Could Talk Video

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William Howard Taft and the Philippine Exposition at the St. Louis World's Fair

By Daniel Moriel William Taft, Governor of the Philippines, viewed the 1904 World’s Fair as an opportunity to gain support for the American occupation of the Philippines[1]. Taft targeted anti-imperialists who objected the US occupation. These…

Selling Imperialism: Photography at the St. Louis World’s Fair

By Abigail Weaver Photography was an important component of the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904. Visitors could document their time at the fair by purchasing guidebooks, souvenir postcards, and picture albums.1 Anthropological photographs were on…

The Design of the Fair: Encouraging the Progress of Civilization

The Design of the Fair: Encouraging the Progress of Civilization By Emily Wittman The physical design of the St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904 conveys the themes of progress toward civilization, imperialism, and racial hierarchy. The Commission of…