Chicago World's Fair
Once inside the 1933 Chicago World's Fair grounds--especially at night--visitors were treated to a dazzling display of color and light. One of the landmarks is featured here: the Federal Building on the Avenue of the States with its domed roof and soaring concave towers. The impact of the scene is doubled by its reflection in the waterway that ran around the entire site. Pursell was born in Tennessee and studied at the Chicago Art Institute. He started as an illustrator for Life, Esquire, Forbes and other publications. In posters, he produced some of the finest American Art Deco designs for Coca-Cola, American Airlines, Standard Oil and others, but his work is extremely difficult to find today.
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