St. Louis: 1904. Card. This lot consists of a 3.5” x 5” b/w advertising card and a multi-color stereoview for Roltair’s Creation. Both are in nice shape; the card has some minor decoration at the margins. Very good. Item #009396
Creation was one of the most popular and profitable attractions at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. Created by Henry Roltair, it was situated on The Pike and had an elaborate, gigantic entrance. The two-hour show began with began with a 1,000-foot backwards slide to reach the beginning of a .5-mile-long gondola ride through the biblical story of Creation. Upon exiting their gondola, riders were greeted by illusions of a cut-in-half living woman and a talking black man sitting on the tines of a pitchfork. After a climb up a dark staircase, the visitors entered a cyclorama picturing First Century Rome and Venice. Next, they were ushered into a 400-seat amphitheater where they viewed a music, light, and pyrotechnics show based on the Creation story. The show ended with Adam, lying in a bed of roses, losing a rib as Eve appeared and angels sang from above.