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100th Anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition

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With our Panama Pacific International Exposition tees we pay homage to the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, which ran for nearly 10 months from February 20 to December 4, 1915. It was one of the most extravagant and memorable world's fairs on record. The Exposition spanned 635 acres of San Francisco's waterfront in today's Marina District. There were grand boulevards, innovative landscapes and an amusement section called the Joy Zone. Exhibit halls showcased the Fine Arts, Education and the Transportation of the day. Standing 43 stories tall, the Tower of Jewels was considered the centerpiece of the exposition. It was decorated with over 100,000 Novagems, which sparkled in an impressive array of colors. 

Auto racing enthusiasts were in for a treat at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition where two of the premiere auto racing events of the year - The American Grand Prize and The Vanderbilt Cup - were held.  The races were run on a unique 3.8 mile course winding its way around a 1 mile trotting track and through the streets of the exposition’s palatial buildings. Crowds of over 100,000 thronged to the exposition grounds to witness the daring speedsters navigate the course. British Italian driver, Dario Resta won both races in his Class E non-stock Peugeot.


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