The Edison Electric Tower

The Electricity Building - The World's Columbian Exhibition


The Phonogram, March and April, 1893 by R. F. Outcault


"They found much in the building to greatly interest them; great electric lenses used in lighthouses, the Edison electric column -- covered with five thousand electric globes -- and many other wonderful things; a beautiful scene in the daytime, but far more gorgeous at night, as they readily perceived that it would be; so they decided to pay a second visit after the lighting up that evening."

Elsie at the World's Fair by Martha Finley, Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, p. 78 ©1894.



The Edison Tower of Light in the General Electric exhibit in the Electricity Building with its eight-foot tall light bulb at the top.

(Image from Bancroft, Hubert Howe The Book of the Fair. The Bancroft Company, 1893.)




The Base of Edison Tower, 1893

(Photo Credit C.D. Arnold and H.D. Higinbotham, Official Views of the World's Columbian Exposition)





EDISON LIGHT signage topped by GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. signage





Interior of Electricity Building with Edison tower in its center - Wikimedia Commons

See CHICAGOLOGY for more photographs and details about the Electricity Building





The Column of Oranges, World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Scientific American Supplement, July 1, 1893

(Courtesy Library, University of Michigan)




Scientific American, July 22, 1893 Supplement No. 917





Scientific American, Advertisement Section, September 9, 1893





The Edison Float in the New York Columbian Celebration,

Harper's Weekly, October 1892



 - World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893