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1 SUE GYGER 1893 ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM DETAILING AN EXCITING DAY AT THE MOST FAMOUS AND WELL NOTED WORLD’S FAIRS IN HISTORY, THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION HELD IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION, CHICAGO ILLINOIS, IL 1893 Good Manuscript 
On offer is an interesting, original letter sent in 1893 from a young woman attending the 1893 Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois. The letter is addressed to her father back in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. It is written on stationery from the New England World’s Fair Hotel on 73rd street in Chicago, presumably where the author was staying. The letter details a fun and exciting day at the World’s Fair, filled with new sights, sounds, and amusements. The day begins when Sue, along with her aunt Hannah, enter the fair in the morning, and begin to take in the sights offered. First, the Mining Building, then the Agriculture, Manufacture, and Electric buildings. “It is a fantastic sight to see the outside of the buildings alone.” (The buildings were designed to follow Beaux Arts principles of design, namely French neoclassical architecture principles based on symmetry, balance, and splendor). She then describes the “moving side walk,” the very first in history, and then the “most beautiful music I’ve ever heard,” at the main fountain. It is the “13 Regiment Band, from New York.” Finally, the evening ends with a walk through the Midway Plaisance on the fairgrounds. They see Turkish dance and a Moorish theater, then meet the man who runs the Mexican Exhibit. With the day’s adventure over, the letter ends with pleasantries by “your loving daughter, Sue.” The letter is fascinating snapshot of a day going through one of the biggest and most important events in the late-19th Century America. An Exposition that was a tremendously influential social and cultural event and had a profound effect on architecture, sanitation, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism. The letter is 3 pages long, unbound but numbered, in very good condition. The letters show very little wear or discoloration. The handwriting is done in black ink, which has faded very slightly at only a few small points, but does not affect legibility at all. The writing is easily readable throughout. (The World's Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair and Chicago Columbian Exposition) was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492. The centerpiece of the Fair, the large water pool, represented the long voyage Columbus took to the New World. Chicago bested New York City; Washington, D.C.; and St. Louis for the honor of hosting the fair. The layout of the Chicago Columbian Exposition was, in large part, designed by John Wellborn Root, Daniel Burnham, Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles B. Atwood. It was the prototype of what Burnham and his colleagues thought a city should be. The color of the material generally used to cover the buildings facades gave the fairgrounds its nickname, the White City. Many prominent architects designed its 14 "great buildings". Artists and musicians were featured in exhibits and many also made depictions and works of art inspired by the exposition.) 
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2 SUE 1937 - 1938 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A 17 YEAR OLD AMERICAN GIRL WHOSE PARENTS SEND HER TO THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMELAND IN HUNGARY TO STUDY, VISIT RELATIVES AND PERHAPS MARRY A TRADITIONAL BOY ALL AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF IMPENDING DISASTER
BUDAPEST HUNGARY EASTERN EUROPE 1937 Very Good Manuscript 
On offer is a unique, original September 1937 through August 1938 manuscript diary that relates the life a young American girl [named Sue as per the gift inscription] who travels back to her ancestral country of Hungary for an extended holiday whose purpose was likely to find her a traditional husband. The pressure or desire for her to marry is apparent within days of her meeting her European relatives. 'Went to visit Gene's grandmother and aunt. Real congenial people….they talked to me as if I were to become Gene's wife….some dope thought [I] would fall in love with him within three days.' Sue writes wonderfully of her times traveling regularly to Budapest and the activities of a 17 year old American teenager abroad. There were movies and shows and skating and shopping and dining and more dining and opera and chess and so much more. She also enrolled in the Fodor School of Music. She begins with her travels crossing the Atlantic on the Normandie, and then across Europe to Hungary, where she stays with relatives, dates dozens of men - mostly doctors - and visits the local sites for nearly a year. She does a super job also capturing the tone of the country and the events in other parts of Europe. In one she comments on Germany annexing Austria and how her parents want her to come home. In another she comments on the "Jewish laws" that they are unfair and that "everything is dead". Sue was insightful and articulate and one cannot but be a little chilled reading her personal account with the knowledge that World War II looms on the horizon. Green leather has a leather strip for locking the diary had to be cut. Overall VG. 
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