During the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis, the world was experiencing a time of peace, which was reflected in the 62 countries who participated in the fair. The architecture of the buildings depicted in these postcards and images reflect a classical, old European architecture, which contrasts the technological advancements found in the interiors. In all the postcards and images shown here, we see a similar vantage point in the angles at which these buildings are portrayed - they are slightly off center, from a low point looking up, and none of the buildings are shown in their entirety. Through this vantage point, not only do we get a sense of nearness, like we are really there, standing in front of these grand buildings, we also get a sense that these buildings are never ending, and in their largeness, cannot possibly hold all the new technological advancements found inside.
This last image is not a postcard, but a photograph. However, it has the same vastness and off center vantage point of the postcards.
The 1904 World Fair was grand and exciting where many people from different countries and cultures gathered to learn about the newest technologies of the day. The similarities between these postcards and images convey that the new technologies in the world required immense structures to hold them and that these new technologies were just as noble, wonderful, and grand as the ancient palaces of the old world.
The way all of these images cannot capture a buiding in its entirity implies a sense of boundlessness. It is as if the authors of the images are reflecting on the idea that the new technologies of the time were limitless and could not be contained. The classical style of architecture was a way for the planners to pay homage to the past while giving the future room to expand.