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What was the cost of a banana sold at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition?
10 cents – 35.4% correct
Bananas made their debut to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. For the price of 10 cents, Americans got a foil-wrapped banana. Before this official introduction, bananas were rarely seen, usually coming to the U.S. on the decks of sailing ships as souvenirs taken by sailors traveling in the Caribbean. The yellow banana so popular today is a crossbreed of the red and green bananas, developed by Jean Poujot in 1836. Source: BananasWeb.com
The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World’s Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine, it was held in Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River on fairgrounds designed by Herman J. Schwarzmann. Nearly 10 million visitors attended the exhibition and thirty-seven countries participated in it.