1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair memorabilia - souvenir Vatican Papal States flag trade card advertising for Cupid Brand products - pickles and other pickled food manufactured by Dodson- Braun Manufacturing Company of Saint Louis Missouri - offered at the company's Exhibit, Block 89, on the Northwest section of the Palace of Agriculture building. RARE miniature Vatican Papal States flag trading card.
The Palace of Agriculture was the largest building at the St. Louis World's Fair and the most immense ever built for an Exposition. Its area was the size of 10 football fields and its height was as tall as an eight story building. It took visitors three quarters of an hour to walk around the outside of the building. Principal exhibits included farming machinery, methods used to prepare and process foods, animal and vegetable food products, along with working dairies and bakeries. Free samples of many foods were available – including Cupid Brand pickles!
The Papal States (also known as the "Pontifical States") were territories in the Italian peninsula under the sovereign direct rule of the Pope, from the 500s until 1870. They were among the major states of Italy from roughly the sixth century, and at their most extensive they covered most of the modern Italian regions of Romagna, Marche, Umbria and Lazio.
When the Italian Peninsula was unified in 1861 by the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, Papal States, in less territorially extensive form, continued to exist until 1870. Although Rome was declared the capital of the new Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the Italian government could not take possession of the city because a French garrison in Rome protected Pope Pius IX. The opportunity to eliminate the Papal States did not come until 1870; when the French garrison was recalled at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, depriving the Papal States of its French protector. When the Pope refused to give up the city, the Italian Army placed Rome under a state of siege. Although the pope's tiny army was incapable of defending the city, Pius IX ordered it to put up at least a token resistance to emphasize that Italy was acquiring Rome by force. The city was finally "captured" on September 20, 1870, and Rome and what was left of the Papal States were formally annexed to the Kingdom of Italy the following October.
Card measures 2-1/4" high x 1-1/2" wide.
PHOTO NOTE: Small defects are exaggerated by the scanning process, and many are barely noticeable when viewed in person. The photos also distort the clarity of the images and sometimes the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion. The colors are often more vivid and the clarity greater when viewed in person.
CONDITION NOTE: Look carefully at the attached photos. Condition of trade card is accurately shown. Excellent condition, with wonderful color. Front is near mint. No folds or creases, and very clean, but not perfect. It may have some damaged or spots of light soiling. However, most do not have significant portions of the central image damaged. The back has glue stains, paper loss, and / or paper residue on the back where it was affixed to a vintage trade card album. ALL DEFECTS ARE VISIBLE IN THE PHOTOS.
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