Friday, August 8, 2008

Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition 1909 Postcards

These are postcards that JR's ancestors collected. I've featured other postcards from them in earlier posts.

There are probably more but I do need to get ready for work. (For some reason they expect to see my bright and smiling face 5 five days a week. Personally I think that they should be happy that I'll be there in theory and spirit if not in fact).

We must have 20 of these things.
JR, the homeboys, the homegirl-in-law, and I are all from the Seattle area originally. So these images are very interesting for us. I hope you find them interesting also.

It seems that back in the summer of 1907 the Big Wigs in Seattle wanted to get on the exposition bandwagon. They came up with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

The buildings for this event were built on the University of Washington campus. I suspect, though I don't know for a fact, that some of them may still be there.

Sorry these are cockeyed. I didn't realize they were tilted until I uploaded them.

These are some images that were taken at night. Cool huh?

It was Seattle's first World's Fair. In the first day of the A-Y-P, for short, over 79,000 visitors showed up. Amazing for a city that 50 years before had muddy streets and simple wood framed buildings.

Most everything I know about the A-Y-P came from this website;

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909 -- A Slide Show of Seattle's First World's Fair Essay 7082

You really should check it out.



1 comment:

  1. You know what would be really fun!? To go the UW campus and see if any of the buildings are still there. If they are we should take pictures from the same vantage point as the postcards. That's something I've wanted to do ever since you first showed me those postcards 2 years ago.