Revisiting San Francisco's 1915 World's Fair

Jan 13, 2015

This vintage postcard welcomed visitors to 1915 San Francisco.

  Exactly 100 years ago, San Francisco played host to a spectacular international event, an opulent World’s Fair now documented in a newly published illustrated history.

Laura Ackley with her comprehensive history of the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition, "San Francisco's Jewel City."
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Author and historian Laura Ackley grew interested in the PPIE while studying environmental design at the University of California in 1987. She has since collected many photographs, documents and artifacts from the 1915 event. So she has some clear ideas about where she would begin, if given a change to go back in time to attend the Exhibition.

In addition to hundreds of hand-tinted postcards, quite a bit of early black and white film of the Exhibition has survived, as seen in this historical documentary.