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Murder on the Eiffel Tower

A Mystery

by Claude Izner

Murder on the Eiffel Tower
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World Expositions

Although the first world exposition officially occurred in 1851 in London, enormous get-togethers were nothing new. Expositions originate from markets in medieval times, where masses of people would converge at major commercial route city centers. Lyons, Frankfurt, and Leipzig were particularly noted for their early markets. After London's initial exposition, Paris held expositions in 1867, 1878, 1889 (the setting for Murder on the Eiffel Tower) and 1900. Other successful expositions occurred in various locations such as Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, Barcelona, St. Louis, Turin, and Philadelphia.

While most of the construction is temporary and is dismantled upon the conclusion of the event, many structures built for expositions remain in locations around the world. Just as the 1889 Paris Exposition introduced the Eiffel Tower, so other expositions produced similarly famous urban architecture. For example, Seattle's well-known ...

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