St. Louis: Buxton & Skinner Print, 1904. Approximately 6” x 12”. The broadside is printed in blue ink and advertises the hourly miniature Naval Show held on the Pike of the St. Louis World’s Fair from 3 p.m. until closing. The text of the broadside describes the program of the show. Two rectangular advertisements (one for Sterling Pianos and one for A.B.C. Beer) are at the bottom of the broadside along with a blurb touting the Palm Garden and Café. Light edge wear; three horizontal storage folds. Very good. Item #008718
The miniature naval show was one of the fair’s most popular exhibits. The 28-ship fleet consisted of scale models of eight battleships including the Texas, Missouri, Iowa, and Maine, as well as four cruisers, a number of submarines and torpedo boats, and Admiral Dewey’s Flagship, the Olympia. The vessels ranged in length from 12 to 21 feet and were built of steel, fully armed, and equipped with flags, signals and searchlights. All ran on electric power. During the first part of the show a battleship, submarine, and torpedo boats conducted target practice. The second part demonstrated how the fleet would conduct a blockade of an enemy port, interdict blockade runners, and destroy an enemy sortie. The show concluded with a review of the victorious American fleet.