The Exposition Universelle of 1878 was the third world’s fair held in Paris in the 19th century. The project was an effort to rebuild the city and revitalize the French economy after the Franco-Prussian War and a civil war had left parts of the city in ruins. The successful exhibition attracted over 16 million visitors — huge attendance for that time. Among the highlights, Thomas Edison presented emerging technology: a phonograph and an improved version of the telephone. Other inventions unveiled at the fair included the soda-making machine and the typewriter. Most of the Palais du Trocadéro was demolished in 1935 to make way for a new exhibition building, the Palais de Chaillot. An interesting historical footnote is that during the 1878 fair, French writer Victor Hugo presided over the intellectual property congress and introduced the concepts of intellectual and artistic property.
J.E. Goossens was a lithographer in Brussels.
Frédéric Wentzel was a German-born lithographic print publisher with locations in Paris, France, and Wissembourg, Germany.
J.B. Gadola was a French lithographic print publisher in Lyons, France.
Full publication information: Lith. J.E. Goossens, Rue du Houblon, 23, Bruxelles. Dépôt Chez Mr. F. Wentzel, Rue St. Jacques, 65, a Paris. Dépôt Chez Mr. Gadola, Cours de Brosses, 2, a Lyon [“Lyon” overprinted over “Paris”].
Condition: Generally very good. Recently professionally cleaned and deacidified and mounted for support on Japanese paper, with minor remaining toning, handling, wear.
“Expo 1878 Paris.” Bureau International des Expositions. https://www.bie-paris.org/site/en/1878-paris (22 February 2019).