n.p., 1915. Unbound Photo Album Leaf. Seven vernacular snapshots of San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific Exhibition - including one that captures showman Buffalo Bill Cody and aviator Art Smith as they chat with a small group of people, either pre or post-flight, while his pusher biplane is wheeled into place. This particular image would date to some time shortly after May 14, 1915, as "... aviator Lincoln Beachey, who was the official stunt flyer at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, died after crashing into the bay. Art Smith (who was racing his "Baby Cars" at the fair) was hired to take Beachey's place and flew his airplane for spectators for the duration of the exposition." wiki. A single album leaf with seven mounted gelatin silver snapshots, all measuring c. 3.25 x 5.5 inches wide (or reverse), four being mounted recto and three verso. Recto caption reads "1915 Buffalo Bill and Art Smith" with three other photos showing a police/military parade march past ; a group of tour buses preparing to load passengers, and a front shot of a vine-covered building. Verso caption reads "1915" with the three images below showing the Tower of Jewels - upper left photo ; Mullgardt's Tower - upper right ; and the Palace of Fine Arts and Fine Arts lagoon - at bottom. The California State Library holds a similar 1915 snapshot photograph (fc917.9461 A3 - "View of Art Smith sitting in his airplane at the exposition grounds and talking with Buffalo Bill Cody") which also documents this meeting of Cody and Smith at his biplane during the 1915 Exhibition. Fine. Item #4250
The 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco "...covered over 600 acres and stretched along two and a half miles of water front property, highlighted San Francisco's grandeur and celebrated a great American achievement : the successful completion of the Panama Canal. Nine years earlier, San Francisco experienced a terrible earthquake, declared one of America's worst national disasters. The city overcame great challenges to rebuild and by the time the Exposition opened in 1915, the city was ready to welcome the world." The National Park Service.
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