AMERICA'S / GREAT RESORTS / ... BUFFALO--PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION...

NP [New York?]: nd [1901]. Broad sheet, 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in., printed on both sides, on glossy paper. Recto is an advertisement, printed in blue and gold lettering, text enclosed in a blue border, for fares via the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, to several resorts in New York and Canada. Rates and duration to the various destinations are given. The resorts listed include the Adirondack Mountains, Berkshire Hills, Catskill Mountains, Lake Champlain, Lake George, Niagara Falls, Thousand Islands and eight others. Round trip fares to the Pan-American Exposition are offered from $9 to $17. George H. Daniels, General Passenger Agent, Grand Central Station, offers to send free, postpaid, to any address on receipt of a postage stamp, a copy of a 48-page folder entitled "American Summer Resorts." Verso has three separate advertisements, one for The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn. occupying the top half of the page, and on the lower half, one for the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway routes to the Exposition, and one for The Grand Union Hotel, in the Heart of New York. A small spot of browning on recto else a nice example. Item #61121

The Buffalo Pan-American Exposition was held from May 1 to Nov. 2, 1901. The exposition occupied some 340 acres between Delaware Park Lake and the New York Central railroad tracks in Buffalo, New York. In a display of the technological advances of the times, many of the buildings were illuminated by the hydroelectric power being generated at Niagara Falls. George Daniels, the Passenger Agent for the New York Central & Hudson River railroad, and responsible for this advertisement, was a master promoter for his company. Asked by "Leslie's Weekly" to comment on travel to the Exposition, in an article dated August 24, 1901, Daniels declared: "There has never been an exposition for which the arrangements for handling the passenger traffic were so thoroughly made as those planned for the visitors to the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo." He discusses rates and amenities such as the innovative "Empire kitchens" aboard the cars, designed to serve passengers hot, fresh meals. He states the railroad offices can help in finding their passengers accomodations in Buffalo, and assist with baggage. He goes on to praise the Exhibition itself and recommends it to travelers: "The electrical exhibit is the finest ever seen, and the illumination of the grounds and buildings at night surpasses anything of this character that has ever been attempted. Two hundred and twenty-five thousand separate electric lamps are used, and for the 170 nights that the exposition will be open this illumination would have cost any other city in the world twenty million dollars. Paris did not spend a quarter of this amount for their illuminations. But Buffalo has the benefit of the electricity generated at the great power-plant at Niagara Falls, which is in itself one of the most wonderful achievements of the nineteenth century."
Sadly, what it is most remembered for is the assassination of President McKinley. The President was invited to give an address at the Exposition in early September. The day after his speech, McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music by an anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, and died of his wounds eight days later.

Price: $450.00

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