San Francisco's Jewel City

San Francisco's Jewel City

The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915

Book - 2015
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2015 marks the centennial year of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, when host city San Francisco emerged from the ashes of earthquake and fire as a center of beauty and progress. On the Presidio's waterfront and in what is now the Marina District, courtyards, formal gardens, and eleven Beaux-Arts palaces made up a miniature city resplendent in tones of golden-orange, copper green, cerulean, and "Pompeiian red." Each palace hosted a thrilling array of exhibits and events that showed off the young century's achievements and possibilities. Over it all, the forty-three-story Tower of Jewels cast the reflected light of one hundred thousand pieces of colored glass.This lavishly illustrated volume is as much a triumph as the fair itself. San Francisco's Jewel City takes readers on an in-depth tour of the PPIE, revealing the dramas of constructing the fair and the displays of culture and industry that awaited within the exposition walls: electrical home appliances, rides in a homemade airplane, a world tour of twenty-one international pavilions, luminous radium crystals, and, of course, a model of the world-changing Panama Canal. Along the way, we meet famous (and infamous) visitors, such as Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, and BuffaloBill Cody. Historian Laura A. Ackley's compelling text is unparalleled in its breadth of scope and richness of detail, providing social and political context for the fair and offering insight into its legacy today.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Heyday ; San Francisco, California : California Historical Society, [2015]
ISBN: 9781597142922
Call Number: 907.4794 Ac579s
Characteristics: ix, 377 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Jewel City


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SFPL_DeeDeeK Jan 08, 2015

Fresh off a local press, this book is rich in particulars and in context: The people, the lights, the buildings, the inventions. The goods and services bought, sold, and advertised. Parades and performances. Controversies and discriminations. And true to its title, the book shows you what a novag... Read More »

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Ackley is a true expert on the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. This comprehensive look at the expo traces its beginnings to before the 1906 earthquake. Photographs, many of which are from the Anne T. Kent California Room Collection, are paired with Ackley's in-depth research, which she conducted over the span of several years. The book is nicely organized to cover all aspects of this world's fair.


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