Singer's Midgets were managed by Leopold von Singer, who first formed a Lilliputian village in his native Vienna. When World War I broke out, he took his troupe to America, where they worked the vaudeville circuit. At the Midget Village on Treasure Island fifty performers entertained throughout the day.
Salici's Puppet Dancers
The Salici family had been in the puppeteering business for six generations. The marionettes danced, did acrobatics, and performed entire operettas, with the professionally trained Salicis providing the voices.
Wish You Were Here! Postcards from the Golden Gate International Exposition
is presented by the Treasure Island Museum.
Captain Jack Glicken
Captain Jack Glicken appeared in the role of Chief of Police at the Midget Village on Treasure Island. Jack portrayed a Munchkin in the film, The Wizard of Oz, which was released during the opening year of the fair.
Believe It or Not
of a Nation
Wish You Were Here
Keep America Out of War
The President of Mills College, Aurelia Reinhardt, delivers a lecture entitled, "Keep America Out of War" in the Court of the Nations. Mrs. Reinhardt served as vice president on the committee that planned and managed the Temple of Religion and Tower of Peace. The back of this postcard advertises a book telling about the exhibits within the Temple.
Salici's Puppet Acrobats
The caption on the back of these postcards states: "Some critics have said: 'Preferable to artists of flesh and blood!'"
W.R. Willey drove his makeshift motor home from Spokane, Washington to Treasure Island, selling postcards of himself along the way. The pagoda from the Chinese Village can be seen behind the open door of the vehicle. His pet coyote and dog stand in the doorway, he holds a turtle under his left arm, and opossums nestle in his beard and chest hair.
The caption on this postcard, "TWENTY YEARS LIKE THIS SUMMER AND WINTER," refers to his refusal to don shirt or shoes. His everyday attire consisted of nothing more than a pair of shorts, but on Sundays and holidays he would dress up in the skin of a wildcat that he had killed himself. One can only hope that his lack of shoes and shirt did not prevent him from entering the fair. He would have felt right at home at Sally Rand's Nude Ranch.
Photographer and publisher unknown
Commemorative Postage Stamp
The Washington, D.C. Post Office Department mailed postcards announcing the issuance of a commemorative postage stamp for the Golden Gate International Exposition. The stamp was first placed on sale in San Francisco on February 18, 1939, the opening day of the fair.
Published by the U.S. Government Printing Office
Coast to Coast Bicyclists
Three bicyclists pose for a postcard photo declaring their embarkation from Newark, New Jersey to see the World's Fair in San Francisco. The caption lists all of the places they intend to visit on the way there and back. The placards hanging from the bike baskets read "SEEING AMERICA COAST TO COAST."