Silver colored matchbox featuring "ADMINISTRATION BUILDING" and "ART PALACE" in relief. The dates "1492" and "1893" are featured on the bottom. On reverse is engraved image of Ferris Wheel from World's Columbian Exposition, with the date "1893."
This metal silver souvenir matchbox was created in 1893 for sale at the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893
The matchbox has a series of significant dates engraved upon it. "1492" was the date that Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World. "1893" was the date of the World's Columbian Exposition, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus' arrival.
This souvenir matchbox depicts one of most famous inventions revealed at the World Columbian Exposition: the world's first Ferris Wheel. Designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, the Ferris Wheel had a 45 ton axle, the largest piece of steel forged up until that time. With a capacity of 2160, passengers witnessed unparalled views while riding in one of the thirty-six cars.