Front: Medium relief: “THE ANTICIPATION / YE REALIZATION” with relief carved design of clasped hands above and two male figures boxing below.
Back: High relief: THE STATE FAIR” and “ADMISSION 50 CENTS”. Illustrated with a cartoon-like image of the feet and tailcoat of one man crawling up under the coat of a second man wearing a hat.
Spine: Medium relief: “THE RIVAL FAIRS” beneath which is illustrated a cluster of grapes and monogram “CHF” and “ILLUSTRATED”.
Foredge: Deeply coved and polished.

NOTE: It is quite possible that this book commemorates two rival State Fairs which occurred in Dallas, Texas in 1886. Evidently two fairs opened a day apart from each other. One was sponsored by the Knights of Labor and local farmers and held on on high ground in North Dallas. The other, in East Dallas, was sponsored by a commercial-civic elite. See: Patricia Evridge Hill. Dallas: The Making of a Modern City. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996; pages 28-29. CONTACT INFO FOR HILL: Website at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/patricia.hill/  Dept. Chair, History; San Jose State University; email: Patricia.Hill@sjsu.edu; Phone: (408) 924-5755.

  • Date1886, possibly
  • MediumMarble, white brecciated with thin grey veining
  • Dimensions (inches)8 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 2