Paris: , 1889. Item #04431
A Very Rare Wooden Puzzle Made for The Expostion Universelle of 1889
[WOODEN GAME]. Constructions Exposition Universelle 1889.
Square quarto 10 5/8 x 10 1/4 x 1 9/16 inches; 272 x 260 x 40 mm.).
A rare and wonderful 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle game with fifty-three (of fifty-four) original wooden blocks, color chromo-lithographed on upper panels. All contained in the original red paper covered wooden box with the dark red cardboard box lid printed in gold and decoratively bordered in various colors. Near fine.
A fine and lovely wooden game made for the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, containing a construction game illustrating six important buildings of the exhibition: Pavilion des Beaux-Arts; Palais de Trocadero; Ministére de la Guerre; Maison Égyptienne; Panorama Transatlantique, and Fellah, une Rue au Caire (lacking one piece at top).
A very rare original game of the famous 1889 World's Exhibition in Paris in which the Eiffel Tower was built.
The Exposition Universelle of 1889 was a world's fair held in Paris, France, from 6 May to 31 October 1889. It was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event considered symbolic of the beginning of the French Revolution. The fair included a reconstruction of the Bastille and its surrounding neighborhood, but with the interior courtyard covered with a blue ceiling decorated with fleur-de-lys and used as a ball room and gathering place.
The main symbol of the Fair was the Eiffel Tower, which served as the entrance arch to the Fair. The 1889 fair was held on the Champ de Mars in Paris, which had been the site of the earlier Paris Universal Exhibition of 1867, and would also be the site of the 1900 exposition. Since the lifts had not been completed when the Exposition opened, the first visitors had to walk up to the second floor platform. Workers had worked through the night the day before the exhibition opened to complete the necessary construction needed to safely allow patrons to set foot upon the structure. When speaking of the dedicated workers, M. Salles, the son-in-law of Eiffel made the statement that "no soldier on the battle field deserved better mention than these humble toilers, who, will never go down in history." No one other than construction personnel were allowed higher than the second floor platform.
The 1889 Exposition covered a total area of 0.96 km2, including the Champ de Mars, the Trocadéro, the quai d'Orsay, a part of the Seine and the Invalides esplanade.