Top 10 Ways the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 Changed the World

Top 10 Ways the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 Changed the World Over 27 million people attended the Chicago World’s Fair in […]

Top 10 Ways the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 Changed the World

Over 27 million people attended the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.  In today’s population, it is equivalent to half of the people in the United States.  The Chicago World’s Fair was a grand showcase that put science in the forefront with unbelievable and revolutionary inventions along with a beautifully designed venue that solidified Chicago as a major US city.

Quaker Oats, Shredded Wheat and Cream of Wheat.  Quaker Oats was on a mission to prove a market for cereal for breakfast by introducing it to the public during the Chicago World’s Fair.  Despite journalists who sampled it and likened it to the consistency of a doormat, the hot cereals took hold and became a staple for many Americans.

Juicy Fruit Gum.  Many americans never saw gum, let alone a gum with the fruity taste of Juicy Fruit, the gum that started Wrigley’s empire.  The gum became an instant hit and was followed by Wrigley’s mint gum and cinnamon flavors.  The fruit used for the flavor has never been revealed.  As a side note, Juicy Fruit Gum was the first item ever scanned at the supermarket using a UPC code.

Cracker Jacks.  Popcorn covered with molasses with peanuts became an instant hit at Chicago World’s Fair.  It soon became a staple at every baseball stadium in the US and a top child treat.

PBR – Pabts Blue Ribbon.  PBR was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair which dominated the cheap beer market in the USA until the famous TV campaigns by Budweiser, Coors, and Annheiser Busch started in the late 70s and 80s.  Still available at most bars and my personal go-to beer.

Spray Paint.  Not for display, spray paint was invented as a necessity to speed up the painting process due to the tight construction times with the exhibit buildings and halls of Chicago World’s Fair.

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