‘Swan Gondola’ captures flavor of 1898 Exposition

Scan from glass negative of the Grand Canal, Trans-Mississipi & International Exposition, 1898.
Grand Canal, at the Trans-Mississipi & International Exposition, 1898. Image scanned from glass negative.

I just finished reading Timothy Schaffert’s novel The Swan Gondola.  The setting for this ghostly Victorian love story is the fictional 1898 “Omaha World’s Fair” which, in reality, was the Trans-Mississippi & International Exhibition.  The novel is a fascinating and well-researched read, but I new I would enjoy it before I turned the first page because of my long held interest in the Exposition.  My grandfather who ran an electrical contracting business in Omaha for the better part of 50 years more than likely learned the trade installing lights at the Fair.- Joe Burns

Workman's pass issued to Joe  M. Burns
Workman’s pass issued to Joe M. Burns
Night time view of the Grand Canal made from a scan of glass negative.
Night time view of the Grand Canal  scanned from glass negative.
Fair goers pose with camel.  Scanned from glass negative.
Fair goers pose with camel. Scanned from glass negative.
The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert, Riverhead Books, 2014.
The Swan Gondola by Timothy Schaffert, Riverhead Books, 2014.

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