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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Aquacade Motorcade: 1940

Aquacade Motorcade: 1940

San Francisco, 1940. Latest entry from the General Motors promotional file: "Pontiacs at Golden Gate International Exposition. Billy Rose Aquacade." 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
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Still There

The smaller statues were still there in 1966.

[This and several other GGIE statues are now at Building 1 on Treasure Island. -tterrace]

Gone?

I read that the original statue shown was destroyed by the Navy when they took over Treasure Island in 1941. Too bad.

[Though it had interior iron supports, the statue itself was plaster over wire mesh; like the rest of the fair, it wasn't constructed for permanence. -tterrace]

Pacifica

Robert Stackpole's 81-foot statue "Pacifica" represented the theme of the Exposition. The names emblazoned on the wall (another set was to the right) are notable explorers of the Pacific region.

Paging Miss Williams!

Esther Williams got her show biz start as part of this outfit, at this venue as well, but I cannot spot her among these mermaids.

 
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