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JUDY GARLAND: 'MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, LOUIS' WITH LUCILLE BREMER. A CLOSEUP.

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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2009

This is a High Quality, Close Up. 'Meet Me In St Louis' is a story musical during the summer and winter of 1903 when the mundane city of St. Louis, Mo. prepared for a huge World's Fair commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, which filled every citizen of St.Louis with a sense of progress and love for the city.
Think for a moment about the world of 1904. The Wright Brothers' famous flight at Kitty Hawk occurred the previous year. Gasoline-powered automobiles, motion pictures, and the "wonder drug" aspirin were introduced to the public only 10 years before. Electric lighting and telephones were less than 25 years old, and still a novelty only read about by most Americans. Food was stored in ice boxes, and the horse-drawn ice wagon was a familiar site. But from Opening Day - April 30, 1904 - to the closing ceremonies on December 1st of that same year, the St. Louis World's Fair played host to nearly 20 million visitors, who witnessed the public debut of air conditioning, were able to ice skate throughout the entire summer, and spoke by wireless telegraph to cities 1500 mile away. In addition, they could "see the world": from the Tyrolean Alps to the jungles of the Philippines; from the gardens of Japan to the holy sites of Jerusalem; from Southwestern pueblos to Eskimo villages. And all within the 1240 acres of the fair.
The site was designed by George Kessler, & was located at the present-day grounds of Forest Park and on the campus of Washington University, and was the largest fair to date.
A number of foods are claimed to have been invented at the fair. The most popular is that the waffle-style ice cream cone was made and first sold. Other claims include the hamburger and hot dog, peanut butter, iced tea, Dr Pepper, Puffed Wheat cereal and cotton candy.
Words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Kerry Mills, 1904
Performed by Judy Garland and Lucille Bremer in the film 'Meet Me in St Louis', 1944

Now Louis came home to the flat,
He hung up his coat and his hat,
He gazed all around, but no wifey he found,
So he said "Where can Flossie be at?"
A note on the table he spied,
He read it just once, then he cried.
It ran, "Louis, dear, it's too slow for me here,
So I think I will go for a ride.
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair,
Don't tell me the lights are shining
Any place but there,
We will dance the Hoochee Koochee,
I will be your tootsie wootsie;
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair."
The dresses that hung in the hall,
Were gone, she had taken them all,
She took all his rings and the rest of his things;
The picture he missed from the wall.
"What! Moving!" the janitor said,
"Your rent is paid three months ahead!"
"What good is the flat?" said poor Louis, "Read that."
And the janitor smiled as he read.
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair,
Don't tell me the lights are shining
Any place but there,
We will dance the Hoochee Koochee,
I will be your tootsie wootsie;
Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair.
*No copyright infringement intended*
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