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Centennial Exposition of 1876: The First World's Fair held in Philadelphia brought 10 million Visitors

The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 was the first official World’s Fair in the United States. It was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between May 10 and November 10, 1876, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The exposition was officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine. It was held in Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River on fairgrounds designed by Herman J. Schwarzmann. More than 10 million visitors attended the exposition, and 37 countries participated.

Below are some amazing photographs documenting the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876.

#1 Arms and Trophy Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Arms and Trophy Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#2 Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#3 Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#4 Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Art Gallery, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#5 Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#6 Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#7 Corliss Engine inside Machinery Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Corliss Engine inside Machinery Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#8 Department of Silverware, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Department of Silverware, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#9 Firemen’s Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Firemen's Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#10 Firemen’s Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Firemen's Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#11 George Washington’s carriage, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

George Washington's carriage, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#12 George Washington’s carriage, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

George Washington's carriage, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#13 India and Gutta Percha Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

India and Gutta Percha Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#14 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#15 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#16 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#17 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#18 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#19 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#20 Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Italian art exhibit in Art Annex, Memorial Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#21 Maxwell’s Rocky Mountain Museum inside Colorado State Building, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Maxwell's Rocky Mountain Museum inside Colorado State Building, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#22 Mississippi State Building, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Mississippi State Building, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#23 Photograph Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Photograph Department, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#24 Reed & Barton silver exhibit inside Main Exhibition Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Reed & Barton silver exhibit inside Main Exhibition Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#25 Reed & Barton silver exhibit inside Main Exhibition Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Reed & Barton silver exhibit inside Main Exhibition Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#26 Refreshment Saloon, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Refreshment Saloon, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#27 Relics and Curiosities, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Relics and Curiosities, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#28 Rustic Bridge inside Horticultural Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Rustic Bridge inside Horticultural Hall, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#29 The Union Vase, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

The Union Vase, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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#30 Union Avenue, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

Union Avenue, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1876

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