The Midwinter Fair: A Retro-Illumination
Tuesday, May 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
San Francisco’s first world’s fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition, took place in Golden Gate Park, from January 27 to July 4, 1894. The only remaining features in the park from the fair are the Japanese Tea Garden and a few pieces of sculpture.
Ed Herny will present about 50 original glass lanternslides of the Midwinter Fair, projected by an actual lanternslide projector—no computers, no electronics. The images are from a collection Herny bought many years ago of San Francisco lanternslides taken by I. S. Foorman, a local amateur photographer. Views will include acrobats, dancers, and sideshow performers, as well as scenes of the exposition buildings and their treasures. One of Ed’s Magic Lanternslides is featured on the cover of this issue of Panorama.
Ed Herny is a historian, archivist, and collector. He is president of the San Francisco Bay Area Post Card Club and a founding board member of the Berkeley Historical Society. Collecting and studying every item he can find from the California Midwinter International Exposition has been his joy for more than 40 years.
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