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Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904

The World's Fair in 1904 included "incubator babies" as one of the main attractions on the Pike. The exhibit was patterned after Couney's sideshows at the Omaha Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 and the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition of 1901, but Couney was not involved. After an epidemic of diarrhea among the infants, management of the exhibit was turned over to pediatrician John Zahorsky, who later documented his experiences in a series of nine articles in the St. Louis Courier of Medicine. Evidently this photo was taken prior to the Zahorsky regime, as the glass partition described by Zahorsky is not present.

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