Grab Bag #024

Newly discovered Kodachrome slides of the 1939–1940 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island, the elephant train, and a sailor's liberty options in 1945.

Grab Bag #024
Colorful Treasure Island and all ashore going ashore.

The Reemergence of Pacifica

Treasure Island
Court of Pacifica at the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island, July 30, 1940. (Renald Rosewood, SFMemory/sfm008-00373)

My friend David Gallagher had a Kodachrome summer. First, he processed a cabinet of amazing 1960s slides, worked with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Peter Hartlaub to identify the photographer, and got himself on television a few times before donating the collection to the San Francisco Public Library. (I will note that San Francisco Story was a tad ahead of all the mainstream press)

Then he discovered that the work of his own uncle was pretty darned professional when relatives gave him a dozen carousels of slides ranging from the 1930s to the late 1960s, covering scenes from Australia, Cambodia, and, what got us both excited, San Francisco.