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Indiana State Fair Photograph Exhibit


1864 - Oct 3 to 14 - 1st
Indiana State Fair

1887
Indiana State Fair Poster

1890
Poster - Indiana State Fair

1890 - Sep 22-27
Indiana State Fair Poster

1920s
Indianapolis Military Band

1920s
Visitors' parking

1923
March 9 - Coliseum

1924
Cattle Judging

1924
Horse Barn

1924
IU Building

1925
Arts Building

1925
Cattle Judging

1925
LaPorte County

1926 - 1927
Grand Stand

1926
Agricultural Building
Display Cases

1926
Arts Building Interior

1926
Boy Scout Band

1926
Bull

1926
Calf Club Winners

1926
Cars on Display

1926
Claypool Trio

1926
Crowds

1926
Harrison County Display

1926
Hog - First Place

1926
Purdue Building
Construction

1926
Sullivan County
Farm Bureau

1927
Bear Riding a Cart

1927
Building Under
Construction

1927
Car Race

1927
Cattle Barn

1927
Cow

1927
Crowds Wearing
Hats

1927
Crowds

19267
Dancing Bear

1927
Dog - Whippet

1927
Harness Racing


1927
Harness Racing


1927
Hogs in Winter


1927
Indiana State Fair Poster


1927
J.I. Case
Threshing Machine

1927
J.I. Case
Plow Works Tractors

1927
Jay Bee Grinder

1927
Massey Harris Binder

1927
Parade Horses

1927
Poultry Pavillion

1927
Purdue Drum

1927
Race Horse

1920-1940
Crowds

1934
Horse Pulling Contest

1940
Butter Cow

1940
Aerial View

1940
Coliseum

1940
Crowds

1942 Mar 26
Honeymoon Cottage

1950
New Fairground Trolley

1951
Airplanes

1953 Sep. 2
Fairgrounds Hotel

1958
Cow

1958
Grand Champion Steer

1964
State Fair Billboard

1965
Midway at Night

1966
Indiana State Fair Poster

1967
Ferris Wheel

1967
Midway at Night

1968
Aerial View
38th Street

1968 Aug 13
Entrance Tower

1968
Building the Zyclon

1968 Sep. 4
Rides on Midway

1970 Sep 7
View of Exhibits
and Shows

1971
Grandstand
Side View

1971
Midway at Night

1971
Midway

1971
Midway

1972 Aug 28
Midway State Fair
Carnival Worker

1973
Aerial View
of Street

1973
Pet Parade
Boy on Inch Worm

1973
Pet Parade
Pet Worm

1974 Aug 20
Schneckloath Farm
Six Horse Hitch

1974 Aug 22
Motorcycle Race

1974
Motorcycle Racer

1975
Ferris Wheel
at Night

No Date
Aerial View

No Date
Horse Pulling Contest

No Date
Horse 

The images in this exhibit were selected from the State Fair picture collection at the Indiana State Library. The photographs highlight the fair’s history and uniqueness, from the construction of buildings and aerial shots of fairs’ past to the various attractions held at the fairgrounds. The collection spans from the fair’s inception in 1864 to the present. The Indiana State Fair picture collection is available to researchers in the Manuscripts & Rare Books Division the Indiana State Library. Digital copies may be purchased by making a request for reproduction.

The Indiana State Library is always pleased to receive additional Indiana-related donations to the Manuscript or Photograph collections. If you have something you would like to donate, or if you know any additional information about a particular photograph in the exhibit, please contact the Manuscripts & Rare Books Division at (317) 232-3671 for more information.