1876The Centennial Exhibition occurred in Philadelphia and Gloucester was represented in a display that showcased the maritime industry.Events & Anniversaries, Celebrations & Anniversaries, National Events

Centennial Photographic Co., Gloucester [Massachusetts] Fishing Boats, 1876, photographic print, albumen mounted on cardboard, Library Company of Philadelphia, https://digital.librarycompany.org/islandora/object/digitool%3A126063
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In celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of independence, the Centennial Exhibition took place on more than 285 acres of land in Philadelphia. The fair lasted from May to November and had almost 10 million visitors. The event is also known as the first World’s Fair in the United States.

A large tank was constructed to show different types of fishing vessels, wharves, and pile piers in use, antique articles and curiosities related to the fishing industry, and specimens of coral.

Pringle, James R. History of the Town and City of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Published by the City of Gloucester Archives Committee and the Ten Pound Island Book Co., 1997.
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