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Opening Tonight: Photos from the 1915 Pan-Pacific Expo!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We've got a special treat in store for all you history and photo lovers, an exhibit of stunning photographs of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opening today, November 12 from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Harvey Milk Photo Center!

View of the Fountain of Energy at the entrance to the 1915 Pan-Pacific Expo
The Fountain of Energy at the Fair's Main Entrance | Circa 1915

Curated from the collections of the SFMTA Photo Archive, the SF Public Library and Moulin Studios and hosted by SF Recreation and Park Department's Harvey Milk Photo Center, this show is a sampling of amazing, largely unseen images that give a glimpse into the life and death of San Francisco's most extravagant public event.

Streetcar 235 at Fillmore and Broadway Streets with Panama Pacific International Exposition in Background | August 3, 1914
Streetcar 235 at Fillmore and Broadway Streets with Panama Pacific International Exposition in Background | August 3, 1914

 

As we wrote earlier this year, 1915 was a huge year for Muni and brought about a massive expansion of the system in the short years prior to the February opening of the exposition. To mark the 100th anniversary of the fair, we got together with the San Francisco Public Library History Center and the Harvey Milk Photo Center to come up with a show that highlights our historic images in beautifully produced prints. From streetcar tracks to spectacular night views of the fair's mesmerizing light shows, these images are an eclectic mix that provides an atypical view of the fair and it's impact on San Francisco.

Palace of Horticulture from Court of Palms. Photo by Harry A. Baker. California Camera Club Lantern Slide Collection of Panama-Pacific International Exposition (SFP 79), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Palace of Horticulture from Court of Palms. Photo by Harry A. Baker. California Camera Club Lantern Slide Collection of Panama-Pacific International Exposition (SFP 79), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

 

The images here are just a small sampling of the 40+ stunning photographs on display in the galleries of the Harvey Milk Photo Center and McLaren Lodge. The show will run from November 12 to December 23 and is a rare chance to see our images in print.

 

Join us tonight to celebrate the show and see even more great photos from these three incredible image archives all in one place!

 

Tune in on Flickr, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram for more photos from the show and check out the special online galleries highlighting images of the PPIE at the SFMTA Photo Archive website!