Airplane View from Oakland

Airplane View from Oakland California

Stock #: 310805
Type: Large Format Postcard
Era: Chrome
City: Oakland
State: California (CA)
County: Alameda
Size: 4.75" x 6.25" (12.75 x 16 cm)

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Showing San Francisco Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate International Exposition. In 1939, San Francisco, Oakland and the cities around the Golden Gate invite the world to join with them in celebrating the completion of the world's two largest bridges, spanning San Francisco By to the East Bay, and northward to the vast Redwood Empire. A Magic Isle in the center of San Francisco Bay will be the setting for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, which will open February 18, 1939, for a period of 288 days, until December 2nd of the same year. Forty million dollars will go into the staging of California's World's Fair. Inspired by the construction of the greatest engineering triumphs of the age, the Trans-Bay Bridge, 8 1/4 miles long, passing through the world's largest vehicular bore on Yerba Buena Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge, with its single suspension span flung across the open seaway to the Pacific, the 1939 Exposition will present a thrilling pageant of structural beauty and entertainment to millions of visitors from the corners of the Earth. When the Exposition has passed into memory, the spectacular site in mid-Bay will become an international airport and seaplane base, the Western American terminal of the winged transports that cross the Pacific Ocean and the Continents of the West. Exhibit palaces are rising on the 430 acre island as rapidly as land appears on the Exposition site - over a mile long and two-thirds of a mile wide - that is being reclaimed from the Bay's depths by the United States Army Engineers. The surrounding waters will provide anchorage for the ships of all nations and over highway, seaway, skyway and railway, the 1939 World's Fair will be the lodestone of the Occident and the Orient. In the foreground of this picture is an architectural sketch by Chesley Bonestell of the 1939 World's Fair, linked with the Trans-Bay Bridge and towering skyline of San Francisco beyond