The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 remains one of the most influential events in modern history. The sights, sounds, and smells of the Fair drew a third of the nation’s populace to delight in the art and architecture, cultural display and lavish landscapes of this unforgettable moment in time. Return to this idyllic place when you wear this elegant blend of oriental garden, bamboo, bergamot, black tea and blue musk.
50 ml (1.7 oz) flint glass bottle of highest quality, 33 percent niche perfume fragrance. Protective velvet gift bag and crafted paper gift box.
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I have been fascinated with the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 since I was a child, as we had a brass key-shaped souvenir from the Fair which held a place of honor on my dad's desk. I think most Chicago children grow up enraptured by the Fair, imagining themselves strolling through the gleaming "White City" under the first electric lights that emerged from the "Current Wars."
Despite the wonders and joys of the Fair--which drew a full one-third of America's population at the time and influenced countless spheres of human endeavor--there was a deeply sinister element to the Fair that would emerge after the event had run its course: Dr. Herman Webster Mudgett--alias. H.H. Holmes, --the diabolical serial killer, had designed his "castle for murder" near the fairgrounds. He built his labyrinthine "World's Fair Hotel" specifically to draw victims to his lair. No one knows even today how many victims fell under his spell, those some guess into the hundreds.
Some years ago now, I invited Jeff Mudgett--the great, great, great grandson of Holmes--to speak at the annual paranormal conference I hosted in Chicago each fall. He had discovered his gruesome ancestry only recently. It had been the family secret, only disclosed when an upstart cousin stumbled upon the lineage while taking an ancestry course at college. The finding rocked the family to its course.
Jeff, his internal compass spinning wildly, tried to understand his place in this unfortunate family history. As a result, he penned a book, called Bloodstains--about the unwelcome revelation and what he decided to do with the information: to identify as many of Holmes' victims as possible, in hopes of bringing some peace to the families who had long struggled with the question of whether their loved ones had fallen into the hands of the "Monster of 63rd Street."
Jeff went on to host "American Ripper"--the History Channel's wildly popular detective-style documentary--with a big ambition: to prove his theory that Holmes had committed at least some of the legendary Jack the Ripper murders. The series concluded with the exhumation of the body of H. H. Holmes from its grave in Pennsylvania. It is a riveting series, and I highly recommend it.
I do not know if we will ever discover just how many victims walked into the trap of Holmes that Chicago summer so long ago--but I do know that the hold of Holmes's story and of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 will be on us forever.
I created "1893" to celebrate the memory of the Fair and as a tribute to the victims of H.H. Holmes. I incorporated notes of Oriental garden and bamboo to evoke the beautiful Osaka Gardens on the Fairground's former Wooded Island in the Jackson Park Lagoon.
The World's Fair of 1893 and the victims of Holmes are entwined forever, like it or not. I hope that when you wear this scent, you remember them both.