Agricultural History Series
Missouri State University
1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair
The following displays were in block 15:
Deere & Company, Moline, Illinois
Deere & Mansur Co., Moline, Illinois
Root & Vandervoort Engineering Co., East Moline, Illinois
Deere & Co. had an exhibit in which it displayed an emblem of their trademark - the image of a deer jumping over a log.
John Deere also had a display of carriages in the Palaces of Transportation. Below is a scan of their display in that palace plus a description:
This picture of the exhibit of vehicles built by the John Deere Plow Co., St. Louis, is not merely interesting as giving an idea of the distribution of space within the Palace of Transportation; it affords opportunity to judge of the fitness of the interior for display purposes. The Palace of Transportation has been called the best exposition building, from the standpoint of the exhibitor ever erected. It provides an abundance of light so that exhibits in all parts of the great structure are equally well shown. There is sufficient height for the largest exhibitor. Entire railroad trains, a dozen or more of them, were backed into the building, to stand upon the tracks as exhibits. The palaces of the Universal Exposition of 1904 cost from $500,000 to $1,000,000. The latter amount was expended on the Palace of Transportation which is typical of the larger class. No steel trusses were employed. Wonderful results from the builder’s point of view and entirely satisfactory conditions for the exhibitor’s needs were wrought with wood, as the picture shows. In the construction of the Palace of Transportation there was used the enormous amount of 12,000.000 feet of lumber. The nails driven home weighed eleven thousand tons. The holes bored in the timber for bolts and rods, if placed end to end, would reach from St. Louis to New York City.
Farm Machinery, May, 1904.
The Forest City, 1904
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