Visiting the Exposition

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Other 1901 Costs

A Twenty-five-dollar Exposition
Trip from New York

(Leslie's Illustrated Weekly)


The Pan-American Exposition challenged frugal 1901 people to get away from a visit without empty pockets. Because people were not permitted to leave the grounds and return later in the same day at no additional charge, many local visitors brought their own lunches in shoeboxes to avoid paying the food concessionaires on the grounds. So did travelers coming to the grounds after an overnight train from neighboring states; they deposited their lunch baskets in their respective state buildings on the grounds until lunch time. It was possible to walk through the Midway, looking but resisting the ballyhoo by the spielers of the exhibits who attempted to entice paying customers through the doors of their exhibits.

And visitors could find free samples of food or beverages or free souvenirs in the Manufacturers & Liberal Arts Building, free sample soap bars in the Larkin Building, free machine-woven ribbons, bookmarks, etc. These, in addition to free brochures and advertising cards, enabled those who could afford only the costs of getting to the Exposition to carry away remembrances of their experience.

This section is intended to show the places where money was demanded in exchange for transportation, lodging, food and admissions. Here is also a section on the costs of other things in 1901, followed in parentheses by the equivalent amount in 2000 money.