27/11/2022

1863, Hamburg DE – International Agricultural Exhibition

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1863 Hamburg

Name:International Agricultural Exhibition
Dates:
Days:10 days
Venue:Heiligengeistfeld, supplied by the city
Theme:
Exhibitors:Exhibitors from 14 countries
Awards:
Visitors:200,000
Legacy:No data

Hamburg was granted the privilge to hold trade fairs by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, on
29 Jan 1365.

Hamburg’s focus had been on its port, but the coming or railways changed its direction to become an
overland hub too. The co-location of this show with the Hamurg Trade Fair proved so successful that
Hamburg took the decision to establish itself as a trade fair centre.

Ernst von Merck

Ernst von Merck, once a cavalry chief of the Hamburg Citizen Militia, founded the Hamburg Zoological Garden in 1863, and founded an association to rescue shipwrecked persons. His trading house had made its name in cloth and cereals trading.

Plan of Hamburg Zoological Garden grounds

The full name of the event was the Internationale Landwirtschaftsaustellung. Merck attracted 800 shareholders to fund the event and the zoo.

The event showed steam driven tractors, offering test drives.

The New York Times ran an article on 28 Jan 1863 urging American companies to participate: ‘This opportunity for improving our commercial and social relations with the people of the German States and the adjacent countries, should not be neglected. A very considerable demand already exists at that point for our agricultural machines, which will only require a more extensive knowledge of our many valuable improvements to increase it many fold.’

No data on the outcome of this exhibition.

Hamburg 1863 medal

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