It’s official name was the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, celebrating the centennial anniversary of that political/land deal that opened up the western continent to American expansion. At the time of the Purchase, the St. Louis region was the frontier, by 1905 it was the center of a bustling and growing country. Here are a couple of stereo views from the Keystone Mast collection of the University of California Riverside that show the automobile section of the transportation area of the expo. Though locomotives still were the main focus of the transportation palace, from the looks of the photos, a fair number of car manufacturers had products on display. Over 160 cars, representing gasoline, steam and electrical power, were on display including cars from Ford, Studebaker, Oldsmobile and Rambler. In the early days France was the leading auto producing company and the French exhibit also had a large number of motorcars on display. It looks like the manufacturers also used the exposition to book sales. In one photo you can see what looks like a salesman writing up a sale at a desk for a seated customer.
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