Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture


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* Jamestown Exposition 1907

The Jamestown Exposition was one of the many world's fairs and expositions that were popular in the United States early part of the 20th century. It was held from April 26 to December 1, 1907, at Sewell's Point on Hampton Roads, near Norfolk, Virginia, and commemorated the 300th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in the Virginia Colony, the first permanent English settlement in the present United States.

A miniature city was created for the Exposition, with boulevards, lights and telephone service and beautiful permanent buildings representing governments, manufacturers, organizations and institutions from all over the world. Although not a financial success, the Exposition attracted many enthusiastic visitors, and some of its original buildings are still in use today.

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Official seal of the Exposition

* Postcards

Postcards were manuafactured and sold to promote and serve as souvenirs of the Exposition. The postcards represent a fascinating and valuable source of information about early 20th-century perceptions of American history, Native Americans, John Smith, and Pocahontas. They also contain depictions of the features of the Exposition, such as state houses, landmarks, and even a tree (Powhatan Oak). The postcard collection is a excellent primary source for a variety of research topics.

The Nabb Research Center has more than 200 souvenir postcards from this event in its archive, with the following representing only a small selection of the entire collection. Please visit the Center to see the full collection.

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