an amusement park at night
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The real name of the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis was the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. It should have taken place in 1903 because it celebrated the centenary of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase, but the preparations were delayed. April of 1904 saw the opening, and it ran till December 1. Its purpose was educational, and it showcased technological advances from all over the world, including personal automobiles, baby incubators, and a wireless telephone. Some fun foods we still enjoy were popularized at the fair, though probably not invented there: ice cream in waffle cones, Dr. Pepper, and cotton candy are just a few.

I imagine that Elizabeth sees George in the Boer War show and falls for his muscular good looks. Whether that happened or not, I am pretty sure that anyone living in St. Louis in 1904 would have finagled a way into the fair somehow, even if she was an orphan. The tickets cost 50 cents. We’ve got to bring the lovers together somehow, right?

As of today, I have been writing for 21 days of the 30-day NaNoWriMo challenge. I am hoping to surge ahead because I foresee an interruption by Thanksgiving, coming up next week. Thanks for your support and encouragement.

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