The Iowa State Fair: In Vintage Postcards

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Overview
Each August, the Iowa State Fairgrounds, home to America's quintessential state fair, becomes 400 acres of sights, sounds, and aromas. More than just a showcase for farm machinery, the fair has one of the world's largest livestock shows, hundreds of competitive events, first-class entertainment, and ever imaginable food-on-a-stick. The first Iowa State Fair, held in 1854 at Fairfield, drew 10,000 visitors, and attendance now tops one million each year. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has been held at its present location in Des Moines since 1886. In the early 1900s, fairgoers could choose from a large selection of postcards, stick on a penny stamp, and mail them to friends to describe their blue ribbon, an exciting midway ride, or the great entertainment. Over 190 vintage postcards provide glimpses of the fair from the 1890s to the mid-1950s in The Iowa State Fair.
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ISBN: 9780738540375
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
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State: Iowa
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author
Des Moines native Ron Playle has collected postcards of the Des Moines area for over 50 years and has enjoyed going to the Iowa State Fair for an equal number of years. Playle is now semiretired but keeps active by selling worldwide vintage postcards on his Playle's Online Auction Web site and, of course, going to the fair every year.
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