Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition

Sesqui-Centennial International Expositionpostcard backI really enjoy learning about the scenes depicted on vintage postcards, and this one prompted me to learn a good deal about the 1926 Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition. The exposition was a world’s fair held in Philadelphia, a logical venue as it coincided with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. One might assume that this event would have been a rousing success, but it seems that it was in fact fraught with difficulties. The five years of planning that preceded the opening of the fair were riddled with one budget cut after another, eventually prompting the director of the event to resign. His replacement became ill and resigned as well, and less than two weeks after the opening the third director died. Attendance fell far below predictions, and in 1927 the fair was placed into receivership with its assets sold at auction.

Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, IowaLooking down on Locust Street in Des Moines, Iowa. On the back:

In the distance is shown the magnificent, old capitol, located on a hill in a beautiful park of 85 acres. Construction started in 1871; completed 1896.

Aerial View of Marine Studios

Marine Studios, FloridaAn aerial view of Florida’s Marineland. On the back:

An aerial view of Marineland, Florida showing Marine Studios, the world’s only oceanarium and only specially designed underwater motion picture studio. Marineland is located 18 miles south of Saint Augustine and 35 miles north of Daytona Beach on the Ocean Shore Blvd., (Florida #140).