Excerpt from Martin's World's Fair Album-Atlas and Family Souvenir: Containing Artistic Half-Tone Illustrations of the World's Fair Palaces, and Many of Chicago's Mammoth Buildings That Are the Marvel of the Age Columbian exposition is not only a commemoration of the paramount event of modern times - the discovery of America four hundred years ago by Christopher Columbus but among the grand events of its character it stands pre-eminent in' the world's history. It is the culmination of all the progress made by the nations of the earth in the centuries that have passed, and the gathering together of all that science, art, and ingenuity has produced for the benefit of mankind, not only for the present day, but for generations yet unborn. Who will learn of this festival of all nations through history's portrayal by pen and picture. IT IS A comprehensive picture OF the civilization OF today. The design of this work is to present, in the most attractive form possible, authentic general information, compiled from official sources, relative to this great exposition; its inception and progress; as well as of the great metropolitan city in which it is held. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.