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Golden Gate International Exposition 1939-40 (U.S.)

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[1940 Golden Gate International Exposition flag] image by Dave Martucci, 25 April 2011

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On the NYPL Digital Gallery are three photos of the 1940 San Francisco Golden Gate International Exposition flag, IDs 1672973, 1672975, and 1672977. It is described as "Of blue background with red, white and gold lettering and bearing the letters "G.G.I.E. 1940".
Dave Martucci, 18 April 2011

The GGIE (Golden Gate International Exposition) was not sanctioned by the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions), thus it was not a World Expo, but rather a World Fair.

The flags Dave mentions are: - 1672973
- 1672975
- 1672977

The flag shows a tall tower, which is the Tower of the Sun. One can see the actual tower and also rendering of the tower in stamps and posters, here:

"The centerpiece of the Fair, The Tower of the Sun was a slim, octagonal needle with a statue of a phoenix at the top that extended majestically 400 feet into the air. It was designed by Arthur Brown, Jr., who also designed City Hall, in the Beaux Arts tradition." The Tower of the Sun was located on Treasure Island, site of the Fair.

For additional sources please see: (lots of pictures) (lots of pictures)

Esteban Rivera, 24 April 2011