Images of America: The 1939-1940 San Francisco World's Fair - The Golden Gate International Exposition

My newest book was released on May 10, 2021 The book covers the GGIE from its early planning days, the amazing construction of Treasure island, and the beautiful buildings and gardens of the Golden Gate International Exposition. This was a story I have been long interested in telling.


Book cover

The Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) was a massive undertaking. The city of San Francisco had long looked for a site for a new airport to service the Pacific market, and the fair provided the impetus to build Treasure Island, a man-made island that would eventually service the massive seaplanes in use at the time. The GGIE also helped cement the Bay Area as a tourism and business center, competing directly with the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair. While New York centered more on the industrial side, the GGIE showcased the many natural wonders of the West, with expansive gardens and complementing architecture. The GGIE was a success on all counts, enticing millions of visitors to travel to the region. When the fair was over, Treasure Island became an important naval base during World War II.

Arcadia Publishing. Publication date: May 10, 2021. 128 pages, $21.99


The price is $19.80 (10% off) plus $8.45 for Priority Mail shipping. International buyers should write for air mail rates as they vary by location.

Please let me know if you would like the book signed in any special way, just signed, or left unsigned. Click on the PayPal logo to order yours.


The book can also be ordered directly through Amazon.

You can also order by mail.

Orders for the book can also be combined with orders for my CDs of photos from any of the fairs on the site. There's just one shipping charge of $8.45 for any US order of books and CDs.


1939 GGIE postcards

There is also a companion postcard set available. Here's the Arcadia description:

These mailable vintage-photograph postcards showcase the massive undertaking of the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE). The city of San Francisco had long looked for a site for a new airport to service the Pacific market, and the fair provided the impetus to build Treasure Island, a man-made island that would eventually service the massive seaplanes in use at the time. The GGIE also helped cement the Bay Area as a tourism and business center, competing directly with the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair. While New York centered more on the industrial side, the GGIE showcased the many natural wonders of the West, with expansive gardens and complementing architecture. The GGIE was a success on all counts, enticing millions of visitors to travel to the region. When the fair was over, Treasure Island became an important naval base during World War II.

The price is $7.99 plus $8.45 for Priority Mail shipping. All orders of book, CDs, and postcards placed at one time will qualify for that flat rate price. International buyers should write for air mail rates as they vary by location. Click on the PayPal logo to order.

The postcards can also be ordered directly through Amazon.

You can also order by mail.


If you have any questions please drop me a note.