Stereoview, 4 x 7. Svnm 017 View of various figures, sign in foreground reads “Gold’s Provision House…Indian Pottery…M.A. Gold Proprietor”. Period id on back “View in Mexico Pottery made by Pueblo ‘Indians Exhibited at Territorial Fair at Albuquerque 1881”

In 1881 a handful of the city’s prominent businessmen organized the first fair. Their organization was the New Mexico Agricultural, Mineral and Industrial Exposition and Driving Park Association. Its purpose was to hold territorial fairs in Albuquerque every October.They bought 20 acres near Rio Grande and built a racetrack and grandstand, under which was the longest bar in the Territory. Nearby stood a booth of the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union.) Tents housed such exhibits as fruit, grain, vegetables, saddles, furniture, flowers, textiles, Indian crafts, tobacco products, minerals, general merchandise and taxidermy. The theme of the first fair was “Civilization of the Nineteenth Century and Civilization of Prehistoric Times.” The founders intended to promote Albuquerque and New Mexico, and they advocated the display of local goods. The first Territorial Fair opened October 31 during a driving rain, and the downpour continued all three days. They had to cancel most of the horse races, foot races and band concerts. Fair officials extended the event another three days, expecting the weather to clear. It kept raining, but attendance was surprisingly good.

 No photographer’s imprint, though probably by Ben Wittick. (I’ve seen this image with the imprint of Wittick; this does not appear to be a period pirated image). Stereo exhibits some wear and use with light soiling, corners lightly bumped, good clarity and contrast.


SKU: sv nm 017