Opened on February 18, 1939 the Golden Gate International Exposition was designed to celebrate the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The theme of this exposition was "Pageant of the Pacific,” and offered a gauzy Pacific Rim influence to the art, architecture, and landscape design at the fairgrounds while blending in modernism and technological innovations. Originally running through October of 1939, it was brought back for a second round from May 25 - September 29, 1940. This digital collection from the San Francisco Public Library brings together 130 plus photos that document the built environment of this grand exposition, including shots of the Danish Pavilion, sculptors working on the various monuments around the fairgrounds, and some rather elaborate molds of the Bay Bridge.
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