Metal pin in the shape of a ship at sea with image of C. Columbus at center in relief. The following text is on side of ship Santa Maria: 1492 WORLD'S FAIR 1892/OFFICIAL SOUVENIR. Maker's mark is stamped at bottom.
Souvenir badge was one of the many souvenirs that visitors to the World's Columbian Exposition of1893 could obtain.
1492 marks the date when Columbus sailed to the New World. The image on the badge is of Columbus and his ship Santa Mar‰Û_ÌÊÌ¦‰ö_Ì¢åÂå¬‰Û_Ì¢‰ÛÊa.
This souvenir badge was one of the ways in which visitors at the World's Columbian Exposition could memorialize their visit. Between May 1, and Oct 30, 1893 Chicago attracted 21,477,212 visitors, including nearly 14 million foreigners. In a stunning setting of white Neoclassical buildings and lagoons, basins, and canals, the fair presented American products, innovations, culture and achievements as testimony to this country's social, economic, and technological progress. Sovenirs such as this were commonplace throughout the exposition.