GUIDE TO THE DEL MAR FAIR OF 1948 COLLECTION

COLLECTION NUMBER:
C114.

COLLECTION TITLE:
Del Mar Fair of 1948 Collection.

DATES OF MATERIAL:
1948.

EXTENT:
87 photographic prints: gelatin silver; 8 x 10 in.

LOCAL CONTROL NUMBERS:
Photographic prints: OP15741/1-87.

REPOSITORY:
San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138
1-619-232-6203

ACQUISITION INFORMATION:
Unknown.

RESTRICTIONS:
Open for research.

COPYRIGHT:
For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: Del Mar Fair of 1948 Collection, San Diego History Center, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

GENERAL NOTES:
Arranged by local control number. Other title: Southern California Exposition at Del Mar Collection. Photographer’s stamp on verso of some photographs: Lamar Boren Photo. Copy negatives available for some prints, 96:19545/0-10. Forms part of the San Diego History Center Original Print Collection.

BIOGRAPHICAL OR HISTORICAL NOTE:
Called the San Diego County Fair when it was first held in National City in 1880, it became the Del Mar Fair after Del Mar became the permanent location in 1936. In the 1950s the name was broadened to the Southern California Exposition at Del Mar to reflect its importance to the area.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection documents the Del Mar Fair of 1948 with general views of the fairgrounds, the race track, people, entertainers, amusements, contests, displays, livestock, and exhibits. The photographs show clowns, acrobats, high-wire walkers, a Latin-style orchestra and dancers with maracas, a mariachi band, a Ferris wheel, vintage racing cars, Ford’s “Cavalcade of Transportation” exhibit, early motorcycles and bicycles, boys chasing a greased pig, a turkey race, prize-winning bulls, floral displays, swimsuit models, and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Land.

SUBJECTS INDEXED:
Del Mar Fair (1948: Del Mar, Calif.)
Fairs — California — Del Mar.
Exhibitions — California — Del Mar.
Recreation.
Entertainment.

CONTENTS LIST:
*Indicates copy negative available.

PhotographDescription
  
OP15741/1“Saludos Amigos” sign at entrance to fair.
OP15741/2Senorita and Troubadour figures at entrance.
OP15741/3Close up of figures.
OP15741/4View of main thoroughfare from entrance.
OP15741/5Bird’s-eye view of people on walkways.
OP15741/6Bird’s-eye view of people entering fair.
OP15741/7Crowd of people near industrial exhibit.
OP15741/8*Bird’s-eye view of farm and industrial machinery exhibit.
OP15741/9*Bird’s-eye view of main thoroughfare.
OP15741/10Crowd of people near main exhibit building.
OP15741/11Crowd in grandstand at race track.
OP15741/121910 Pierce Arrow car used for touring the fairground.
OP15741/13Transportation depot.
OP15741/14Horse-drawn trolley.
OP15741/15Horse-drawn trolley, looking down main thoroughfare with Ferris wheel on right.
OP15741/16Ox cart with singers in front of historic San Diego exhibit.
OP15741/17Woman demonstrating how to use spinning wheel.
OP15741/18San Diego Fire Department exhibit.
OP15741/19*Farm machinery exhibit.
OP15741/20California Department of Agriculture exhibit.
OP15741/21Stagecoach display in Ventura County exhibit.
OP15741/22Escondido exhibit.
OP15741/23Fallbrook exhibit.
OP15741/24Vista Farm Bureau exhibit.
OP15741/25Mutual Orange Distributors exhibit.
OP15741/26Orange display.
OP15741/27Chester P. Strom’s Flower Patio exhibit.
OP15741/28San Diego County Flower Growers Association exhibit.
OP15741/29Orchid display.
OP15741/30Cacti display.
OP15741/31Tuberous begonia display.
OP15741/32Holstein bull.
OP15741/33*People looking at cattle display.
OP15741/34Young boy with champion Hereford bull.
OP15741/35Winners of Future Farmers of America competition.
OP15741/36Man feeding pigs.
OP15741/37Pig.
OP15741/38Lambs feeding.
OP15741/39Goats feeding.
OP15741/40*People looking at rabbits on display.
OP15741/41Muehleisen Manufacturing Company exhibit.
OP15741/42Muehleisen Manufacturing Company exhibit.
OP15741/43Audience at Three Bee Puppeteers show.
OP15741/44Cub prefabricated sports trailer exhibit.
OP15741/45Model posing in swimsuit for Paddock Pools.
OP15741/46Model in zebra-striped swimsuit posing at swimming pool.
OP15741/47Crowd of people looking at model in swimsuit on diving board in swimming pool display.
OP15741/48“World’s largest aircraft tire” made for Convair.
OP15741/49Ford “Cavalcade of Transportation” exhibit showing Conestoga wagon, ox cart, automobile, and stagecoach.
OP15741/50Ox cart at Ford “Cavalcade of Transportation” exhibit.
OP15741/51Display of Model C and Model K Ford automobiles.
OP15741/52Display of old bicycles.
OP15741/53Display of old motocylces.
OP15741/54Display of horse-drawn carriages.
OP15741/55Display of early automobiles.
OP15741/56Display of early automobiles.
OP15741/57Part of Ford’s “Cavalcade of Transportation” exhibit.
OP15741/58Crowd of people looking at Ford station wagon, priced at $2,424.15.
OP15741/59*[Ford dealers?] shaking hands, with Paul Mannen (second from right), fair official.
OP15741/60Group portrait of women in unusual hats.
OP15741/61Girl Scouts posing in front of Girl Scout exhibit tent.
OP15741/62Crowd of people gathered around a pool of water with rings floating on top.
OP15741/63Portrait of three boys holding turkeys, entrants in a race.
OP15741/64*Start of turkey race.
OP15741/65*Greased pig contest.
OP15741/66People looking at gold display.
OP15741/67Photography display.
OP15741/68Mariachi band playing at Colonization of San Diego exhibit.
OP15741/69Vintage racing cars on race track.
OP15741/70Race between vintage racing cars.
OP15741/71*Start of race between vintage racing cars.
OP15741/72Crowd of people outside entrance to Enchanted Land.
OP15741/73Crowd outside entrance to Enchanted Land.
OP15741/74Crowd of people, exhibits, train ride.
OP15741/75Horse-drawn calliope, clown, audience.
OP15741/76Bird’s-eye view of amusement rides and Walt Disney’s Melody Time in Enchanted Land.
OP15741/77People on train ride in front of Walt Disney’s Melody Time in Enchanted Land.
OP15741/78High-wire act.
OP15741/79Woman photographing performing monkey.
OP15741/80*“Gay Way” Ferris wheel.
OP15741/81Sign for Jingling Bros. Circus, “The Greatest Little Show on Earth.”
OP15741/82Performing elephant.
OP15741/83*Children with clowns.
OP15741/84Latin-style orchestra, performers.
OP15741/85Latin-style orchestra, dancers with maracas.
OP15741/86Latin-style orchestra, performers.
OP15741/87Latin-style orchestra, acrobats.