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1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

 

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Gold Medal from the Cotton States and International Exposition, Atlanta GA.

57mm diameter. 6mm wide. Gold plated. The medals were executed upon a design prepared under the supervision of Mr. Horace Bradley, Chief of the Department of Fine Arts, and were delivered in the Summer of 1896, while the World's Columbian medals, awarded two years earlier, were being delivered. It was produced by medallist Peter L. Krider, Philadelphia. His shop excelled at casting, and was one of the largest medal making firms in the country - commissioned to make award medals for the Centennial Exposition in 1876, New Orleans Expo, and Atlanta Cotton States, and others. They produced exceptional pieces. Gold plated award medal issued to Live Oak Distillery Co. Medal has been gold plated. ANA info.

 
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Silver Award Medal - 1895 Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition

57mm diameter, 5mm wide. The most rare of the Atlanta expo award medals, only 444 silver medals were made. Extremely rare, this is the only one we have ever seen. This was awarded to Lucy C Andrews.

 
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Bronze Prize Medal - Atlanta 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition

6mm thick, 57 mm diameter. On Obv 'Atlanta Georgia USA', Columbia in long chiton, holding a cornucopia filled with fruit in right arm, standing to left: in front of her, a winged wheel, and a small winged genius bearing a tablet inscribed INDUSTRY; in background to the left is the Fine Arts Building. Singed 'PH MARTINY SC NY', this medal is notable as the sole signed work of metallic art by by famous sculpture artist PHILIP MARTINY 1858-1927 whose his baby-like winged cherub has become the emblem of generations. "With it's exuberant allegorical design and lovely modeling, Martin's Cotton States Exposition medal exemplifies the high Beaux-Arts style of decorative sculpture."

The reverse has a palm leaf, the American eagle, a cotton plant and the legend 'COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION AWARDED TO WERNER BEHME (who was an inventor) ATLANTA GEORGIA USA MDCCCXCV'.
The meals were executed upon a design prepared under the supervision of Mr. Horace Bradley, Chief of the Department of Fine Arts, and were delivered in the Summer of 1896, while the World's Columbian medals, awarded two years earlier, were being delivered.

 
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Massonnett Medal

Interesting Bird's Eye View of Cotton States and International Exposition medals signed by Massonnet, Paris.

Silver plated, 2 inch diameter. Reverse BIRD'S EYE VIEW of COTTON STATES AND INTERNATION EXPOSITION, ATLANTA GA. Features the birds eye view with Massonnet Editor along right rim. Near bottom OPENS SEPTEMBER 19TH CLOSES DECEMBER 31ST 1895. Obverse features the Exposition Seal: rising Phoenix coming form flames and 1895 on top and 1865 on bottom. Around outside COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION and the dates at bottom SEPT 18TH TO DEC 31ST. Atlanta exposition medal.

Henry Grady Bronze  Medal

Official Souvenir Medal - Henry Grady medal. HK-268 Cotton States so called dollar.

Gilt bronze 34mm. Obverse: Picture of Henry Grady, across the top OFFICIAL SOUVENIR MEDAL and Henry W. Grady across the bottom. Reverse: Across the top COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION. In middle 1895 over rising phoenix then 1865 over a cotton bales, two hands shaking. Bust of Henry W. Grady of the Atlanta Constitution, struck by the Philadelphia Mint.

 
Liberty Bell MedalBird's Eye View Medal

Liberty Bell Medal - Atlanta Cotton States Expo

Obverse is Bird's Eye View of exposition with COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION across the top and Atlanta GA with dates at bottom. Reverse has nice large Liberty Bell and across the top the words PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANS THEREOF. Image provided by Michael at Cherokee Coins, Alpharetta GA

 

Administration Building Medal - 1895 Cotton States Exposition

 
Image provided by Jonathan Brecher
HK-269 - (Not Shown) Aluminum. HK-269a - Above medal. Brass.

Woman's Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Cotton States ExpositionSo Called Dollar

Woman's Building Medal 1895 Atlanta Expo

Aluminum. 37mm. Obverse: Exposition Seal: rising Phoenix coming form flames and 1895 on top and 1865 on bottom. Around outside COTTON STATES AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION and the dates at bottom SEPT 18TH TO DEC 31ST.
Reverse: Edifice; below Woman’s Building; above, around Cotton States and International Exposition; at bottom border, microscopic S. D. Childs & Co. Chicago - HK-271

 

Small Liberty Bell Medal - To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895

About dime size in silver. Obverse has "To Cotton States Exposition Atlanta GA 1895 and on reverse there is a liberty bell with words LIBERTY BELL around top and July 4, 1776 at bottom under bell. Note: above medal was also made in bronze - see below.

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Fredrick Douglas medalNego Buliding at Atlanta Expo of 1895 medal.

Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition.

Rare 37 mm aluminum medal from the 1895 Cotton and Industrial Exposition World's Fair held in Atlanta, Georgia. Has a great relief portrait of Frederick Douglas. Shows the negro building on the reverse. Un circulated and proof like. It also features the Negro Building on the obverse which was the first African American building in an American Exposition.

   
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Frederick Douglas Commemorative Medal- Bronze

 
   

Exposition Department Store Medal 1895Good For 5 in Trade exppo token

 

1895 COTTON STATES EXPO BADGES

 
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1895 COTTON STATES EXPO SOUVENIRS

 
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1895 COTTON STATES EXPO TICKETS

 
The Atlanta world's fair produced three ornate souvenir tickets, which are extremely rare today. One was for Atlanta Day, which was Thursday, November 28, a well attended event because of local pride and interest. Much less well attended, because it took place on Christmas Day, was Collier Day, which honored the present and director general of the fair. Because of its smaller attendance, the Collier Day ticket is the scarcer of the two souvenir tickets from the Atlanta Expo. A third special ticket was for "Directors and Womens Board Day" which was December 31, 1895 -photo here.

This ticket for Collier Day measures approximately 3 7/8" X 2 1/4". The face of the ticket is printed in blue ink on ivory or off-white card stock with the facsimile signatures of E. A. Felder, Chief of the Department of Admissions, and C. A. Collier, President and Director General. The back of the ticket has the seal of Atlanta with its phoenix rising from the ashes, also printed in blue. The serial number is printed in red.

 
 

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Above image provided by Civil War Badges ++++++ Above photo of Liberty Bell at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia 1895 Cotton States Expo

1895 COTTON STATES SOUVENIR TICKES
 
The 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition was held at the current Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. It is most remembered for the Atlanta Compromise speech given by Booker T. Washington on September 18, 1895.

The Cotton States and International Exposition runs from September to December featuring six thousand exhibits and attracting eight hundred thousand visitors. Booker T. Washington made the principal address at the grand opening with his "Five Fingers" speech. Other attractions include electrically-powered boats, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, the Phoenix Wheel (a Ferris Wheel), and a midway. In late September Charles Francis Jenkins demonstrated an early movie projector called the Phantascope with their American debut in an exhibit called Living Pictures. The process projected film onto a screen and was unlike Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope which limited viewing to one person at a time. After the exposition closes, Thomas Edison buys the rights to Phantoscope, renames the process Vitascope, and claims its invention.

The great American band master John Phillip Sousa composed his famous march, King Cotton for the exposition, and dedicated it to the people of the state of Georgia. The Liberty Bell was brought down to this expo.

 
   

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Horace Bradley - In the late nineteenth century a few artists living in Georgia became associated with making illustrations for popular publications. One of the major ones, Horace Bradley, born in Dublin, Georgia, grew up in Atlanta, and soon started drawing for such national newspapers as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly. In 1881 he moved to New York temporarily and drew for New York magazines, especially Harper's Weekly, for which he would become a prominent illustrator.

In 1882 and 1883, back in Atlanta, Bradley organized the first loan exhibitions of art in that city, and in 1883 he opened the Atlanta Art School. Around 1886 he left Atlanta again for New York, where he became president of the Art Students League and art editor for Harper's publications. As chief of the fine arts department of the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta in 1895, Bradley organized the art exhibitions shown in the Fine Arts and Woman's Buildings. He died the following year.

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More Photos from the Cotton States and International Exposition - Atlanta GA 1895 at Piedmont Park  
Indian VillageMidway at Cotton States Expo  
Negro Buliding at Cotton States ExpositionShooting the Chutes ride