Mining the Time-Space Matrix: Commemorative Postage Stamps and US World's Fairs, 1893-1915

Richard Handler
This paper examines turn-of-the-twentieth-century United States world’s fairs and the postage stamps that were issued in their honor. The fairs celebrated the progress of industrial civilization, in part by anchoring themselves to a historical origin point (such as Columbus’ voyages), and the post office designed the accompanying stamps to commemorate a historical story deemed to be nationally significant. Both the origin point and the history associated with it were located within a time-space matrix defined...
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