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Disposing of ModernityThe Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago's 1893 World's Fair$
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Rebecca S. Graff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066493

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066493.001.0001

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Consumption and Conspicuous Disposal

Consumption and Conspicuous Disposal

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Disposing of Modernity

Rebecca S. Graff

University Press of Florida

This chapter refocuses attention on the archaeological elements of both sites: the goods people consumed as evidenced via their garbage, waste management regimes, and the “conspicuous disposal” practices of the time. Many of the products recovered and identified from both the Charnley-Persky House and the Jackson Park excavations first debuted at world’s fairs. An overview of the ways world’s fairs were used as marketplaces for new products is followed by a close look at the brands, advertising, and origin of the products recovered from the Charnley House, and how these shed light on modern conceptions of hygiene and foodways. Next, the chapter looks at waste disposal infrastructure in Chicago, and how that created the conditions for the Charnley midden. The midden seems at odds with the sanitary future the fair demonstrated, yet it echoes the phenomena of world’s fairs themselves as exemplars of conspicuous disposal by their very design.

Keywords:   Consumption, world’s fairs, conspicuous disposal, modern, brands, advertising, waste disposal, garbage, hygiene, foodways

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