Monday, October 19, 2009

"Come to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909 and Bring Your Camera."

Twice Told Tuesday features a photography related article reprinted
from old photography books, magazines, and newspapers.

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.

PHOTO CLUB OF NEW YORK
1908

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.


Front - C2650
Impression AD Barrall
Chief of Admissions


Back
Exposition

Seattle

1909

J.E. Chilberg, President
Opens June 1st
Closes October 16th

100

Coupon Ticket

Non-Transferable

No. 2650

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

AD Barrall

Chief, Bureau of Admissions

Tucker Hanford Co. Seattle



Sources:

Camera Club of New York. Boston Photo-Clan. Photo-Pictorialists of Buffalo (Society). New York : American Photographic Pub. Co., 1908.

Photograph:

Mrs. John Rex Thompson, Photograph - Coupon Ticket. 1909. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, Preston, Washington. 2009.

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