Palace of Fine Arts Postcard from the Panama-Pacific Exposition

ID: SIA2012-7597 (front) and SIA2012-7598 (back)

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Exhibit

Date: 1915

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 70, Box 87, Folder: 9A

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Postcard from the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, California. The postcard shows the Palace of Fine Arts. The exposition was intended to illustrate the function and administrative faculty of the Government of the United States and to demonstrate the nature and growth of its institutions, their adaptation to the wants of the people, and the progress of the nation in the arts of peace and war. The Smithsonian Institution contributed an exhibit focusing mainly on ethnology.


Panama-Pacific Exposition (1915: San Francisco, California)


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  • For other postcards from the Panama-Pacific Exposition, see: SIA2012-2560, SIA2012-2561, SIA2012-2840, SIA2012-2841, SIA2012-3554, SIA2012-3555, SIA2012-3556, SIA2012-3557, SIA2012-7599, SIA2012-7600, SIA2012-7601, SIA2012-7602, SIA2012-7603, SIA2012-7604, SIA2012-7605, SIA2012-7606, SIA2012-7607, SIA2012-7608, SIA2012-7609, SIA2012-7610, SIA2012-7611, SIA2012-7612, SIA2012-7613, SIA2012-7614.
  • The Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was a World's Fair held in San Francisco, in the United States, between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. Its ostensible purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 635 acre (2.6 km²) site in San Francisco, along the northern shore now known as the Marina.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 70, Box 87, Folder: 9A

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  • Postcard
  • Exhibitions
  • Ethnology
  • San Francisco, California
  • Expositions


United States


  • Exhibit
  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-7597 (front) and SIA2012-7598 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2 ; Color: Color ; Size: 3.5w x 5.5h ; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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