Artwork from the 1915 Pan Pacific Expo, San Francisco, California

One of the events I missed, and would have loved to have gone to was the 1915 Pan Pacific Expo, in San Francisco. Seeing as I don’t trust Time Travelers (sneaky bastards who are never to be trusted) I will be content to visit through my post cards and the art that still exists.

This group of postcards shows off many of the artworks displayed, particularly sculpture. From the allegorical to the literal, all are beautiful and draw the viewer into another world of beauty, magic, and myth.

My great great great great Grandmama Lola says she was there with one of her many lovers, an artist, but that is another story for another time. One can never be too certain about the truth behind Lola’s stories, even if they are always interesting and exciting. Anyway….

The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world’s fair held in San Francisco, California, United States, from February 20 to December 4, 1915. Its stated purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 636 acre (1 sq. mi., 2.6 km2) site along the northern shore, between the Presidio and Fort Mason, now known as the Marina District.

Most of the buildings were made from temporary materials (think burlap and plaster of Paris) and torn down in 1915 when the Expo was over. Keep that in mind when looking at the postcards shown here. Fortunately for all of us, the Palace of Fine Arts is still standing and still absolutely beautiful. 

By the way, there are several wonderful artworks from the event on display at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Have fun. Stay safe. Stay Curious.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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