The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was known as the first world's fair not to use any government money. Those were the days. As you can see from this short article, photography played an important role for the common man at this exposition. Illustrating this article is a photograph from my personal collection that was used as a photographic admission coupon to this fair. The research that accompanies this photograph will be the subject of a future article. The fair closed October 16, one hundred years ago.
That is the invitation extended by the management of the 1909 fair to the people of the country, and especially to the devotees of photographic art. Again the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition is departing from the policies of former expositions and doing something different.
The division of concessions, of which Capt. A. W. Lewis is director, will permit, under the contract of the official photographer, all kodaks and cameras not more than 6x8 inches in size, to be taken on the grounds, and visitors will be allowed to take all the pictures they desire of the buildings, exhibits, and other features. There will be only one restriction, however: No tripods will be permitted to be used in snapping views.
Impression AD Barrall
Chief of Admissions
J.E. Chilberg, President Opens June 1st
Closes October 16th
Mrs. John Rex Thompson
Under conditions printed on back cover
each attached coupon is good for one ad-
mission on any day providing acceptance of
said conditions is signed in ink by purchaser.
Charles R. Collins, Treasurer
Void Unless Countersigned by
Chief, Bureau of Admissions
Tucker Hanford Co. Seattle
Camera Club of New York. Boston Photo-Clan. Photo-Pictorialists of Buffalo (Society). New York : American Photographic Pub. Co., 1908.
Mrs. John Rex Thompson, Photograph - Coupon Ticket. 1909. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009.