Very Rare Tale About the Magic of the World's Columbian Exposition Ferris Wheel
This is a very rare, die cut round booklet with a unique story published at the World's Columbian Expo and centered around the Ferris Wheel, where the booklet was given away. It is about 4 inches in diameter and cut in a circular shape featuring the Ferris Wheel for its cover. There is a small horizontal protrusion at the left where the pages were bound/glued. The cover has come loose but is still present and in excellent condition. We decided NOT to use tape to repair it, leaving that option to the purchaser. But we will include a strip of acid free library repair tape should the buyer want to use it. We have used this heavy but pliable gummed tape to reinforce and repair a variety of paper products over the years; it's superior to ordinary tape and is cavas-like for sturdiness and manufactured specifically for library repairs. This is one of a 2-3 dozen unique promotional-type brochures published as both giveaways and sold for a nominal price at the fair. Naturally, because of their rarity, they nearly always sell for anywhere from $100-$200, as with all historical products, priced at the whimsy of the seller...and the desirability to the buyer. The Ferris Wheel was and is by far the most popular structure at/from the Expo, and its brochure all about its operation and construction, along with this handsome diecut piece, are both very rare. I don't believe I have seen either for less than $100 even when Columbian prices were lower two or three decades ago. I would estimate that I have seen, in nearly 42 years, the two Ferris booklets fewer than a half dozen times combined. The shipping charge is $6 rather than the normal $4 to include insurance; we will pack this fragile piece in a plastic sleeve surrounded by substantial protective cardboard to ensure it cannot be bent or creased in transit. As noted, we will also include acid-free library repair tape as well. Shown here are the front and back covers and a sample of interior pages.