Mrs. J. Humphrey, Florist
Elmira , N.Y 1876
An advertising trade card 133 x 86mm. Depicting the main building of the 1876 International Exhibition held in Philadelphia, with the name and address of Mrs. J. Humphrey, Florist across the top of the image. The reverse promotes Mrs J. Humphrey as well as other 'leading and reliable business houses of Elmira, N.Y.'. Like other fairs the Centennial Exhibition largely concerned up to date industrial products but also concerned itself with material culture and domestic economy. Although Horticultural Hall was the smallest of the buildings, it contained the world's largest conservatory at that time. The building was praised for its Moorish architectural design, with blue marble entrance steps, and reflecting pool outside. Its interior and exterior galleries, terraces, and gardens displayed thousands of brilliant and exotic flowers and plants from around the world. Lectures on horticulture were given every Saturday. Mrs Humphrey was an exhibitor.