Friday, May 30, 2008

San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915: 'Official Program' Guidebook, plus documentary video

San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, a great World's Fair ostensibly meant to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal, though San Francisco's agenda was to show the world that it had truly recovered from the devastating effects of its 1906 earthquake and fire.

Much of the real estate that the fair occupied was on landfill created just for the event, and is now in the City's Marina District, with the lovely landmark
Palace of Fine Arts being the only structure still left (after much restoration) from the 1915 fair.

(click on images to
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Included here are scans of an 'Official Program' guidebook printed for the day's events of
June 22nd, 1915.
(Thanks to My Friend Topic for sharing this treasure!)

(⬇⬇ click on links below to view pages in a new window)

inside front cover
page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
pages 12, 13 - gatefold map (shown above ▲)
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
inside back cover
back cover

Bonus: Below, ⬇ scans of a
four-page program to an organ recital given at the fair on
June 26th, 1915.
(click on links below to view pages in a new window ⬇)

Recital program, page 1 (shown)
Recital program, page 2
Recital program, page 3
Recital program, page 4

Below, ⬇ links to a 27-minute video documentary about the PPIE, in three parts.

Follow links to:
1915 Panama Pacific Exposition doc, part 2 of 3
1915 Panama Pacific Exposition doc, part 3 of 3

- For still more, follow link to The PPIE website, a lovingly presented trove of 1915 Exposition info and images.

1 comment:

kitsunecaligari said...

Great find! It's reading up on stuff like this that makes me a favorite of out-of-town visitors, in which I am plied with food and drink for anecdotal information about San Francisco....

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