Panama-California Exposition ~ San Diego ~ 1915-1916

Exposition Postcards by Allen Wright

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These uncommon “real photo” postcards were all taken by local San Diego photographer Allen Wright, notable because of especially interesting and unusual views, including people. Some of the images were documented by his son, who is probably the boy in the top hat with the dog. Note the roller coaster in the background of that photo.

The Lipton Tea pavilion is on the left. It was located on the Alameda near the Isthmus.

The person in the large sombrero is advertising Rogers’ Hat Shop. The Ice Skating rink replaced the Alhambra for 1916, which marked the entrance to “The Isthmus” or amusement zone.

At the bottom is the last photo taken of Joe Boquel, taking off in his plane from Aviation Field near the Indian Village, shortly before he was killed in a crash while doing a “corkscrew” November 4, when he drove his airplane into the ground near Cabrillo Bridge. The accident happened just five minutes before he was to have been awarded an Exposition gold medal.

See Wright’s other Panama-California Exposition postcards.