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Panama-Pacific International Exposition Opens In San Francisco

The Panama–Pacific International Exposition is a world’s fair that is being held in San Francisco. It will celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and will be held in conjunction with the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. Already events have taken place that highlight this upcoming world’s fair. The American Telegraph and Telephone Company, in an elaborate publicity stunt, premiered it’s coast to coast long distance telephone service.

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Columbia Records have recorded songs to be sold for the Red Cross in Europe at the fair as souvenirs and movies have been released commemorating the celebration in San Francisco and San Diego.

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On February 20, 1915, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened on a reclaimed landfill in the Marina District of San Francisco. 635 acres of San Francisco’s waterfront were built in the Beaux-Arts style, Ten major exhibit halls featured Machinery Hall with it’s eight-acre interior that an airplane could fly through, as well as the Palace of Fine Arts, which housed paintings and sculpture included works by Cezanne, Monet, and Van Gogh. The Tower of Jewels stands 43 floors high with an exterior decorated with more than 100,000 glass beads of various colors.

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