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(Children's) Bamford, Mary E. The Denby Children at the Fair

Illus. with drawings & from historical photographs. Dec. gren & black cloth, pictorial cover label. First Edition. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook, c.1894.

The story of the Denby family (a widow and two children), who operate a lunch counter at the San Francisco Midwinter Fair of 1892. This was the first American international exposition to be held west of Chicago, and buildings were built in Orientalist style in Golden Gate Park (the Japanese Tea Garden still stands today). According to the Bancroft Library, "San Francisco, had gone from the social disorder of the gold rush years to a society organized along lines that were much more in keeping with national norms. Through this process, this frontier region became recognizable as part of the nation. Through the fair, elites fashioned a story about the city as a distinctive place—with its own history and vision for the future—but placed squarely within the contours of the national story and central to the nation’s development." Very good. 

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