This set of four tickets to the 1900 Paris Exposition is one of the gems I acquired while visiting Paris this past January, at the annual postcard show. I can't say that I understand their numbering system! Notice that each ticket has the same printed number 0, 566,967 but under each Art Nouveau head figure are different numbers, 11, 12, 16 and 17. The orange-red Exposition Universelle 1900 circular insignia in the center of the stamp set adds a nice graphic touch to the overall design. This is a historical piece of ephemera is certainly worthy to be matted and framed! The ticket block measures about 5.75 by 4 inches. For their age, these tickets are in fine antique condition!
The Paris Expo opened April 14, 1900, and lasted until Nov. 12. There were a total of 48,130,300 visitors. If you'd like to hold these tickets in hand and do some time travel, may I suggest the writings of Prof. Arthur Chandler of San Francisco State Universities. "Imagine that you are one of the 60,000 visitors per hour that pass through the turnstile of the Porte Monumentale in the lovely Parisian summer of the years 1900 — the first summer of the twentieth century. ..." Message me and I'd be happy to send you a link to his web site.
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