Extremely rare view of San Francisco, showing the proposed sites of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, prepared for consideration by the so called Committee of Citizens, Robert Behlow, President and Chas Stoltz, Secretary.
The view is an extremely early Panama-Pacific piece and an unusual view, being one of the only views we have ever seen showing the San Francisco from a perspective that includes the Pacific Ocean from the Southwest. The present view, dated 1910, pre-dates the official ground breaking for the Fair on October 14, 1911 and is unquestionably one of the earliest visual images of the fairgrounds. The view includes a lengthy text below the image, extolling the virtues of the location, along with a remarkable view of Golden Gate Park, the beach and the city.
The view is apparently very rare, as we could find no other examples in any source. While a 4 x 3 inch image of the proposed site was copyrighted in 1911, it does not appear that an earlier graphic image exists.