Dated 1939 Golden Gate Bridge 3 1/2" Souvenir Plate

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  • Sold Date: Mar 21,2008
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Mint condition dated1939 Golden Gate International Exposition ice blue glass pin dish celebrating two bridges, Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco - Oakland Bridge. Measures 3 1/2 inchesacross with great graphics of the Golden Gate Bridge surrounded by patriotic stars and topped with a large bear. From San Francisco.

Golden Gate International Exposition

Golden Gate International Exposition (1939 and 1940) was held at San Francisco , California to celebrate two newly-built bridges. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was dedicated in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge was dedicated in 1937. The exposition was opened initially from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939. It opened again from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.

The Exposition was held on Treasure Island, a completely flat, artificial island attached to Yerba Buena Island , near w the Oakland span and the San Francisco span of the Bay Bridge join. Built by the federal government, Treasure Island was to be an airport for Pan American Airline's Pacific Rim service of flying boats, of which the China Clipper is an example. Due to wartime needs, it was soon turned into a naval base, which was occupied by the US Navy from 1941 to 1997.

Unity of the Pacific nations is America 's concern and responsibility. San Francisco stands at the doorway to the sea that roars upon the shores of all these nations; and so to the Golden Gate International Exposition I gladly entrust a solemn duty. May this, America 's world's fair on the Pacific in 1939, truly serve all nations.

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt

The San Francisco Downtown Association created the 49-Mile Scenic Drive to promote the exposition and The City. The drive started at San Francisco City Hall and ended on Treasure Island after winding around the picturesque "City by the Bay."

The Atchison , Topeka and Santa Fe Railway established a special passenger train, dubbed the Valley Flyer, specifically to shuttle passengers between Bakersfield and Oakland during the exposition. The Chicago , Burlington , and Quincy Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, and the Western Pacific Railroad launched a jointly operated train called the Exposition Flyer between Chicago and Oakland . The Exposition Flyer was named in for the Golden Gate International Exposition.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean . As part of both US Highway 101 and State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County .

The Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge span in the world when it was completed in 1937 and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and the United States . In the 70 years since completion, the span length has been surpassed by seven other bridges. It still has the second longest suspension bridge main span in the United States , after the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City .

Setting

The Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot (120 m) deep strait that serves as the mouth of the San Francisco Bay , between San Francisco at the northernmost tip of the San Francisco Peninsula , and the Marin Headlands at the far southern end of Marin County . Although close by proximity, the two sides of the strait are separated by significant natural obstacles. Crossing the strait directly by boat is treacherous due to strong currents and lack of suitable landings. Ocean tides drive an average of 528 billion gallons (2 billion cubic meters) of water every six hours, at peak currents exceeding 5.6 miles per hour (2.5 m/s). Circumnavigating the Bay, however, involves a trip of several hundred miles and crossing several major rivers.

History

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Before the bridge was built, the only practical short route from San Francisco to what is now Mar...

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