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Panama Pacific International Exposition Collection

Collection Number: D-563

The Photographs of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition collection contains photographic glass negatives of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition taken by the Cardinell-Vincent Company, the official photographers of the Exposition. The photographs shows exhibits from food and agricultural company showing the progress that had been made in these areas rather that the history. Also in the collections are photographs of people who were winners of contests, singers and dancers. One photograph (No. 15493) shows Henry Ford and Thomas Edison looking at an Edison Telegraph. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (P.P.I.E.), held in 1915 in San Francisco, commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal. The City of San Francisco sought the Exposition so that they could show the world that it had recovered from the earthquake and fire of 1906. P.P.I.E. covered circa 300 acres along the bayside Marina district of San Francisco. With the exception of the Palace of Fine Arts, all buildings were temporary. The Exposition was held from February 20 to December 4, and attracted circa 19 million visitors.

Finding Aid

Finding Aid on the Online Archive of California

Inclusive Dates



5.2 linear feet


California History

Additional Collection Info

Digitized images from this collection are available on Calisphere