The Paris World's Fair of 1900 (also known as The Exposition Universelle) was held in Paris between 15 April and 12 November. On display were many new inventions: matryoshka dolls, Diesel engines, talking film, and the telegraphone. But more importantly, the architecture and design of this World's Fair brought the wonderful Art Nouveau style into popular culture. These photos and illustrations of the Fair show why the world fell in love with Art Nouveau.

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A view of the Exposition Universelle

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The Eiffel Tower with the Globe Céleste, the icon of the Exposition Universelle

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Crowds arriving at the Place de la Concorde on double deck cars, the monumental gate by Binet

The Grand Entrance

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Ancient Paris, a recreation of the medieval Paris and the Palais of the Land and Sea Forces on the other side of the river

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The illuminated Eiffel Tower, erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to a previous World's Fair

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The Chateau of Water, Palace of Electricity and Palace of Chemical Industries, as seen from and under the Eiffel Tower

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The Avenue Nicholas II

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The Avenue Nicholas II, looking towards the Dome of the Invalides

The environs of the Trocadero

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The Palace Lumineux

Champ de Mars

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A road between pavilions

The national pavilions

Belgium (left) and Finland (right)

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Germany (left and below) and Sweden (right)

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Italy

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Russia

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The Austro-Hungarian Pavilion

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United States

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The Dutch East Indies Pavilion, a replica of Candi Sari, a 8th-century Buddhist temple in Indonesia

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Algeria

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Norway

(via Societe Anglaise)

Romania

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(via Modernism)

Indo-China

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(via Exposition Universelle 1900 and belleindochine)

The Le Tour du Monde pavilions displaying a collection of exotic oriental architectures ‚Äď a Siamese pavilion, a Japanese pagoda and an Indian pavilion.

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Cambodia

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Sudan and Senegal

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The Grand and the Little Palace

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A Perfumery in the Department of Chemistry

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Inside the Palace of Electricity

Inside the La Salle des Fêtes

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The Palace of Optics

Manufacturer's and Liberal Arts Building

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Commercial Navigation Building and Quai d' Orsay, France

The Commercial Navigation, Industrial Arts, Electrical sections and the main hall in the United States Pavilion

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A sculpture exhibition at the Grand Palace

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The Palace of Horticulture

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The Agricultural Section with the shop of Chocolat Menier

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Palace of Forestry, Hunting, Fishing and Gathering

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Inside the Hungarian Pavilion

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Palace of Decorative Arts with glass items of Crystallerie de la Pantin, a well-known glass maker

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A giant telescope in the Palace of Optics

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(via Wikimedia Commons 1 ‚Äď 2)

Cinéorama, an early film experiment by Raoul Grimoin-Sanson. It simulated a ride in a hot air balloon over Paris.

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The system consisted ten 70mm movie projectors and a 90x9 (295x29.5 ft) metre screens.

It lasted only three days, because it was shut down by the police for safety reasons: the projectors lights caused extreme heat.

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A moving sidewalk

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And here's how it moved.

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A rolling platform 30 ft. above head with steel rails and the sidewalk

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(via Brown University)

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The photos above are from Brooklyn Museum and The Library of Congress, made by Henry William Goodyear, except when noted otherwise.

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