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#1 lemog

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 02:28 AM

I have some photos about the San Francisco World's Fair I will post here...
as I don't know much this event, certainly you could be able to have details unknown of me...

First series :

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#01 - Aerial view... shame for the spot at left Posted Image

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#02 - Less good; but even interesting.

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#03 - National Cash Register

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#04 - Not sure, but is it the Festival Hall ?
the Federal Hall, the pavilion of the US Government (thanks anyway Joey Posted Image)
California State Building : Governor's suite. Portola Expedition Diorama. Natural Resources exhibit. Ballroom (left part)
San Francisco Buidging : Mayor's suite. History of San Francisco. Wells Fargo exhibit. Municipal activities (right part)
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#05 - Boeing Y1B-17 - On public exhibit in front of the Federal Buiiding on Treasure Island during the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition.

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#2 Joey Chernov

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:40 AM

Great photos! And photo #4 is the Federal Hall, the pavilion of the US Government.

#3 lemog

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:43 AM

Great photos! And photo #4 is the Federal Hall, the pavilion of the US Government.


Festival... Federal... almost the same word for a french guy Posted Image thanks Joey !

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 12:46 PM

Festival... Federal... almost the same word for a french guy Posted Image thanks Joey !


I checked a map of the Exposition and the building in #4 is part o f the California complex. The section to the left of the circular rotunda is the State of California exhbit and to the right is the City of San Francisco exhibit. The Federal building is actually just outside of the photo to the left.




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Posted 24 November 2010 - 01:25 PM

Thanks for the last informations Expoboy... well... I must prepare the next photos Posted Image

(I find a Guide Book... but it miss the map Posted Image )

#6 Randy Treadway

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 06:10 PM

Similar picture on a postcard.
It says 2 million visitors toured this exhibit.
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It was back in 1940, but this time in a camouflage paint scheme.
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#7 worldsfairent

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:28 PM

Thanks for sharing these photos from the Golden Gate International Exposition, lemog. It also appears that Picture #4 is a post-fair photograph. If you look at the buildings closely, you can see they're in a significant state of decay-- perhaps even early in the demolition process.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:59 PM

Meanwhile... even though it required taking a few liberties in terms of accuracy... I couldn't resist at least trying to make that tragic white spot on your aerial disappear!

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 07:52 AM

Thanks for sharing these photos from the Golden Gate International Exposition, lemog. It also appears that Picture #4 is a post-fair photograph. If you look at the buildings closely, you can see they're in a significant state of decay-- perhaps even early in the demolition process.

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You've got sharp eyes. I didn't even notice that. One of the buildings in the California complex suffered a major fire near the end of the fair's second season. My guess is this photo is post -fire.



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Posted 25 November 2010 - 10:41 AM

Right you are, expoboy. Don't know much about GGIE history (just LOVE the way it looked)-- but that's definitely fire damage. In fact, here's some great WPA footage of the nasty blaze that gutted the California Building:

WPA Newsreel: FIRE AT THE FAIR!

#11 lemog

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 01:49 PM

Thanks worldsfairent, the photo is perfect now... and thanks to all... for these precisions about the tragic fire, that was when exactly ?

#12 lemog

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 12:45 PM

New series...

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#06 - Court of the Seven Seas

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#07 - Court of Pacifica

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#08 - ?

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#09 - Court of Flowers

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#10 - ??? - The Gayway which was the Expositions's amusement area. (Thx Expoboy and Randy)
But... there's nobody to follow the show ? Posted Image

#13 expoboy

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 03:49 PM

#10 is The Gayway which was the Expositions's amusement area.

#14 Randy Treadway

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 05:57 PM

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#10 - ???


Included in the picture is Sally Rand's show place in the 'Gayway' section of the expo.
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#15 lemog

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:43 PM

Thanks guys, in first, I was not sure that these part was really in the fair Posted Image
just remain the #08 to find.

If anyone have a good map of this fair, I will be very interesting... to show here, or to send me by email... Posted Image




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