PUZZLING....TERRIFIC JIGSAW PUZZLE FROM WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPO #ON0313
What a great find: It may have been for a kid back in 1893 but it's certainly destined for an adult now. It is very tough to find any puzzle or toy from the Columbian Expo that is complete and intact. I don't have the box but the person I purchased it from was kind enough to assemble it and then wrap it carefully. You'll notice some glare I couldn't eliminate as the light reflected off the cello covering. I'll package it for shipping with more than a few levels of cardboard and send it assembled as it is now. It might be a couple dollars cheaper to take it apart and put the pieces all loose in a small box but I don't think it's worth it.
As you can see the puzzle is in amazing condition and my guess is it might have been stored assembled and just tucked away in an attic just as you see it, except for the wrapping. While the scene is not perfectly accurate it is quite bright and clean, no doubt from being stored tucked away.
The picture looks just like the scene in a Columbian Expo game also sold at the fair. It wasn't exactly an exciting game. It just had red dots every so often and a line linking them. I assume one just rolled dice and moved around the fairgrounds. I sold the game once but there was nothing with it that explained how one played.