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Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940

 

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940

 

by Kathryn Ayres

 

The Golden Gate International Exposition was held on San Francisco’s Treasure Island in order to celebrate the opening of the city’s two new bridges. The Fair ran from February 18 through October 29 in 1939, and from May 25 through September 29 in 1940.

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

“1939” with Scenes

from the Fair

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

The Bridges and

Treasure Island

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

CaricaTour Map

of Treasure Island

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Night Lighting:

South Towers

Tower of the Sun


Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Elephant Towers:

San Francisco Entrance

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Sally Rand’s

Nude Ranch

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Tower of the Sun

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Railway Express

Agency Exhibit

 

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Miniature Horses

on the Gayway

 

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Chief Joe

Hopi Indian Tribe

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Rainbow Fountain

Court of Flowers

 

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Court of Reflections

 

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Jolly Roger Cafe

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Estonian Cafe

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

QSO Card

W6USA

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Court of Pacifica

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Japan Pavilion

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Johore Pavilion

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

South Towers

and the Tower of the Sun

Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Towers of the East

at the Oakland Entrance


Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-1940
 

Lagoon

and Pacific House

The 80-foot statue of Pacifica personified the theme of the Fair, emphasizing unity between Pacific nations. But the dominating feature of the Island was the 400-foot Tower of the Sun, which competed in stature with the towers of the Bay Bridge nearby.

Magnificent garden courts showcased the advantages of California’s balmy weather. The amusement zone, called the Gayway, had a delightful range of entertainment venues. Business exhibits emphasized the speed and conveniences available in the twentieth century, while foreign pavilions tempted patrons to travel to exotic lands.

 

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