Columbian Ticket & Rare Die-Cut Brochure for Electric Launches, Lot #94
The Electric Launch & Navigation Company was one of the busiest concessions outside the Midway Plaisance at the World's Columbian Exposition. The tickets exist in six series each in a different color but no one has ascertained the reason for the multiple series. It may have been merely a matter of bookkeeping for the company, tracking tickets sold by the six months of the fair. Tickets have sold for an average of $100-to-$200 in recent years, generally in the $150+ range. The brochure, even rarer than the ticket, is from the manufacturer of the boats that plied the world's fair's inner lagoons. It is difficult to price the brochure as it is so rare and this is the only example we've ever seen. The only flaw is a small tear at the bottom affecting most of the inside pages.
From the John Kennel Columbian Collection.