Sweetbriar Mansion

Sweetbriar MansionBuilt in 1797, Sweetbriar Mansion is a Federal-style house that was the residence of U.S. Representative and Senator Samuel Breck. The large porch visible in this postcard view was a later addition and removed during a 1927 restoration.

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.


Sesqui-Centennial postcardI remember the bicentennial year very well, but I wasn’t around for the Sesqui-Centennial. Given the hoopla in 1976, I can only imagine what a big deal this was in 1926! It seems that folk these days tend to believe we’re one big happy planet (rather than a collection of nations), so 2026 just might go by unnoticed.