Cool Postmark- 1st U.S. International Trade Fair

This postmark reads “1st U.S. International Trade Fair– Chicago August 7-20 1950.” A newspaper article from January 1950  described what the fair would entail. The goal was to get American buyers who were not able to go abroad together with foreign manufacturers and see what products they had to offer. It was estimated that over 75,000 people would be in attendance, from abroad and the U.S. President Truman said the “interchange of goods among nations is an important means of improving political and economic relationships throughout the world.” The exhibitions would take up one million square feet in five huge halls, displaying jewelry, wine, food, musical instruments and other goods. Great Britain was guessed to have been the largest exhibitor.

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