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Real photo postcard showing then President William Howard Taft breaking ground for the Panama Pacific International Exposition.

San Francisco 1911 5.5 x 3.5, light wear and soiling else good, postally unused. President Taft is shown kneeling with a shovel in his hands, surrounded by dignitaries with a large sign for the expositoin in the background. Back of the card has an advertisement for M.A. Gunst and Co. Inc. Cigars and two postmarks. The first postmark is dated Nov. 24, 1911, Stockton, Cal. and the other "World's Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco 1915." In 1911, after much competition between many cities, President Taft named San Francisco the official host city. The first world's fair to be held in San Francisco, it was a combined celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal and the 400th anniversary of Balboa discovering the Pacific Ocean.


Book Id: 97-9255

Price: $50.00

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