Last week Jerry Fochtman inquired about photos of the Treasury Department's exhibits at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
I think the picture that Jerry is looking for is on the bottom of page 5 of “The Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins” by Q David Bowers, volume #10 of the Whitman “The Official Red Book” series, Copyright 2008 ISBN 0794822568.
In response to Jerry Fochtman's question on the 1893 Exposition, I was doing research on a mint set that may have been exhibited there. I went to the library of the Chicago History Museum, which contained an extensive collection of actual documents from, and relating to, the Exposition. The collection was vast and I was seeking very specific information. I did not have the time that day to deeply research all of the files. If he has an afternoon to spend with history, I would highly recommend the museum and its library.
Several years ago I had the pleasure to visit a friend who worked at the US Treasury building in Washington DC. Since the principals were not in that day, I got to see the "formal" rooms associated with the Treasurer's office as well as the office of the Secretary of the Treasury in addition some meeting/board rooms, and of course walked the halls.
In various locations on the walls, and in free standing displays were large wooden frames made up of unfinished proofs of the face and back of US Currencies - Nationals, Silver Certificates, Gold Certificates, US Notes, - and U.S. Revenue Stamps, regular postage and revenue designs. Near one lobby area was a large free standing column display with rotating panels to page thru which housed proofs of US Bonds. These are probably the remnants of those Exposition displays.
On a separate visit to DC I got to meet with the Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Larry Felix. At that time in his office a similar large framed wall display was on the wall.
So, these exposition displays do exist in part, through Treasury and the BEP, and perhaps even elsewhere. I'm sure someone has the documents as to what Exposition they were from, and where they are now displayed.
Oh, and they notes in the frames are artistically displayed, they overlap, make quarter round and half-round fan patterns and such. In many cases a whole note is not visible. All are glued to the mounting board.
The images here are from Treasury, where I was allowed to take photos. No photos at BEP (except from the official BEP Photographer from BEP)
Wow - thanks! It's great to see that some of these exhibits may still be extant.