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Friday, November 19, 2004

: . Meet Me in St. Louis

Pamphlet cover: Souvenir of the Philippine Exposition, World's Fair, St. Louis, 1904.

In celebration of 100th anniversary of the 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) the St. Louis Public Library has created a virtual exhibit featuring 1,200 images from the fair, including more than a hundred images related to one of the fair's most popular attractions, the Philippine Reservation. Unfortunately, the site can be confusing to navigate and the best way to view all the Philippine Reservation images is to search the site for "philippines," "philippine," and "filipino."

Some personal favorites:

MEETING ANTONIO. "Antonio, chief of the Bontoc Igorotes from the Philippines, was a popular figure at the Fair. People found his clothing, headdress, and jewelry exotic. They wanted to see for themselves the scarification on his chest and shoulders.
"While at the Fair Antonio, one of the Igorot chiefs, was given a typewriter. Antonio could be seen using it."



IGOROTS CAST VOTES. "Several Igorots showed an interest in the American presidential election of 1904 and asked to be able to cast their ballots. In response, two polling places were established in the Igorot village. Photographs of the two candidates, Theodore Roosevelt and Alton B. Parker, were placed over Igorot gongs; beans serving as ballots. Roosevelt carried the election, 83 to 2."



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