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African Americans perform in Frank Buck’s Jungleland, a popular attraction at the 1939 World’s Fair. Paul Gillespie Collection of New York World’s Fair Materials, New-York Historical Society.
African Americans perform in Frank Buck’s Jungleland, a popular attraction at the 1939 World’s Fair. Paul Gillespie Collection of New York World’s Fair Materials, New-York Historical Society.
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Tidbit regarding dress at the Woman’s Building of the 1893 Columbian Exposition

While touching upon dress I only mention that we have a little Egyptian figure whose dress is “accordion pleated” from throat to feet; it also wears a little “accordion-pleated” cape. So the fashions and arts of dress come round.

From “Art,” by Mrs. Emily Crawford in The Congress of Women: Held in the Woman’s Building, World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, U. S. A., 1893.. Edited by Mary Kavanaugh Oldham. (Monarch Book Company, 1894), 87-89.