1904 State Fair Artifact

On October 2, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, brings us this post about interesting artifacts in the Museum Division collection.

Glass vase from 1904 state fair. Accession number: 1977.15.2 (Museum Division collection)

Glass vase from 1904 state fair. Accession number: 1977.15.2 (Museum Division collection)

Hugh Geiger purchased this small glass pitcher when he was ten years old and visited the state fair in 1904. At that time, the state fair was held inside the recently abandoned Old Capitol building. You can view this pitcher and several other state fair–related items in the History Happened Here exhibit at the Old Capitol Museum.

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Inspired by the State Fair

On September 27, 2013, in Artifacts, by Amanda
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Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, brings us this post about artifacts in the Museum Division collection.

"State Fair," Mildred Wolfe, 1981. Accession number: 1983.32.1 (Museum Division Collection)

State Fair by Mildred Wolfe, 1981. Accession number: 1983.32.1 (Museum Division Collection)

The Mississippi State Fair is just around the corner. Here is an item from the Museum Division collection to help get you in the State Fair mood. Jackson artist Mildred Wolfe (1912–2009) painted this scene of the state fair in 1981.

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Mobile and Ohio Railroad Advertisement, Daily Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 31. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

Mobile and Ohio Railroad Advertisement, Daily Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 31. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

Many newspaper advertisers hoped to lure fair visitors to their businesses. These advertisements are representative of many that appeared in the papers of 1911.

Star Laundry Ad, Daily Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 36. MDAH microfilm 20495

Star Laundry Ad, Daily Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 36. MDAH microfilm 20495.

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"Fair Attractions," Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 13. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

"Fair Attractions," Daily Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 13. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

The fair received extensive coverage in area newspapers. The Clarion Ledger reported:

Never in the history of this association or of any other for that matter, has such strenuous effort been put forth to make of this exhibition a complete, high class and thoroughly entertaining and educational one. The State of Mississippi has been raked and scraped from one end to the other to find exhibits of worth and to prevail upon the people to take an interest in one of the most important enterprises the state has ever known.

Oh, yes, and then there is that ever present, ever necessary midway of amusements. What would a Fair be without them? The management this season scoured the country in selecting the most entertaining, the newest and cleanest attractions that could be secured. Nothing has been overlooked that would add gayety [sic] and instruction for Fair visitors. In fact, nothing has been left undone to make the Exposition as a whole, something that will cause the people to go away feeling that they have witnessed the greatest show they have ever visited.

Source: “Big State Fair Opens Today,” Daily Clarion Ledger, October 24, 1911, page 5. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

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"The Big Fair," Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 48. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

"The Big Fair," Clarion Ledger, October 22, 1911, page 48. MDAH microfilm roll 20495.

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