From Ohio History Central
Exhibition posters for the 1880s all featured images of Music Hall and incoporated icons of arts, industry, competition, excellence and progress. Some also showed the influence of the strong German American element in Cincinnati's population.
The Cincinnati Industrial Expositions were held in Cincinnati between 1870 and 1888 to showcase the products of Cincinnati business owners.
Alfred Trabor Goshorn helped establish the expositions. He was the president of a paint manufacturing business. Over time, the expositions included displays from businesses across the Midwest and the rest of the United States. Artists displayed their works; musicians performed; and inventors and other businessmen displayed their wares. The Cincinnati Industrial Expositions illustrated Cincinnati's important contributions to culture and technology during the late 1800s.
Goshorn became world famous for the expositions. From 1873 to 1876, Goshorn served as Ohio's delegate to the International Centennial Exposition of the United States of America. This event was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1876 to celebrate America's independence from Great Britain. Other delegates elected Goshorn to serve as the director-general, the head of the International Centennial Exposition.