Grayslake IL Antique Market September 9-10
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Grayslake Antique Market September 10th & 11th. Zurko promotions is again offering FREE tables to all Antique Phonograph Society and WIMAPS members. Contact Robin & Joan Rolfs by August 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for tables.
John Hauger, WIMAPS and APS member will present a program on the 1904-05 St. Louis Exposition. It was to be the biggest world’s fair of all time, celebrating the Louisiana Purchase from France by the U.S. in 1803. It would forever establish St. Louis for pulling together this world-class event. Fair attendance topped 19.7 million people. More than 60 countries brought their culture, foods, art, music, dance and wares to the lavish display of buildings and midway on 1,200 acres with over 1,500 buildings, some covering many acres each, housing leading edge processes and displays of 1904. Forty acres were devoted to a Philippine Village with natives pursuing their ancient, primitive customs. The World Olympics were held in the specially built stadium. The Boer War was reenacted daily. Automobiles, trains, electric streetcars, airplane competitions and controlled balloon flight were on display. George Ferris’s Wheel provided a view from 260 feet in the air.
The fair brought together Transportation, Manufacturing, Mining, Agriculture, Horticulture, Electricity, Art, and Entertainment. The Columbia Phonograph Company had one of the more successful and entertaining phonograph marketing gimmicks at the World’s Fair. It was a Napkin Ring Cylinder that fair goers could record a message and send it home for friends and family to play on their Columbia Graphophone.
You too can experience this amazing 1904 technology as Tim Fizer of the Hoosier Antique Phonograph Society will show how he recreates and records on the “napkin ring” cylinders that helped promote the phonograph at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition and the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Attendees at the Grayslake Antique Market will have the opportunity to record their own Napkin Ring Cylinder. Tim uses these new napkin rings to educate school groups about the phonograph and to attract the next generation of collectors. It worked in 1904, and attendees will see how it works today! Join us on Saturday, September 9th, 1:00 p.m. at the Zurko Grayslake Antique Market at Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL.