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The World's Greatest Fair DVD
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The 1904 World's Fair was intended to be the biggest and best World's Fair ever. The first Olympics on American soil where competitors were openly administered drugs and marathon runners were chased off course by dogs. The first Ferris Wheel, so large that a wedding was held on horseback in one of its cars. This engaging movie presents the fair as never before through these stories and many more.
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Great fun to watch!

By World's Fair Fan

from St. Louis, MO

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Comments about PBS The World's Greatest Fair DVD:

The title of this documentary actually describes the event - the 1904 World's Fair really was, to this day, the LARGEST World's Fair anywhere. It dwarfed Chicago's 1893 World's Fair made famous in the recent bestseller "The Devil in the White City." This documentary is full of breathtaking images - many of which are seen here for the first time. Short comments from historians and World's Fair experts give fascinating insight into the "dog-eating tribe," the provocative dancers on The Pike, and the question of whether or not the ice cream cone was really invented at the fair (a marvelous story on its own). Peppered throughout the segmented story are diary accounts from visitors to the Fair, read by some famous current day St. Louisans like Stan Musial, Ozzie Smith, the Mayor, and others. The documentary is made up of about 18 stories relating to the Fair - each it's own 5-10 minute chapter on the DVD - making viewing this 2 hour documentary enjoyable in pieces or in one sitting. This really is a joy to watch for kids or adults. I learned where a lot of things we take for granted today came from. The producers don't shy away from some important social issues that exist to this very moment. They don't belabor subjects like inequality and Social Darwinism, but it's eye-opening to hear these issues discussed. This is yet another wonderful PBS documentary!

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