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Sky Rocket

Artist: Unknown, Presumed George Molentin

Sky Rocket

The scene depicted in this glass is near and dear to San Francisco Bay; A rare glimpse of the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. This World's Fair was celebrating the completion of two iconic bridges (the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge) and the human-made Treasure Island. The Fair featured a taste of nations and cultures bordering the Pacific along with Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture styles which are reflected in the design of the game.

The bright pinks and orange in the glass may have been a reference to the incredible lighting of the buildings at night. The prominent feature, besides the woman riding the Sky-Rocket, is the iconic Tower of the Sun, which came to physically symbolize the fair. The girders in the lower right corner of the image are still present at Western end of the Bay Bridge. This very rare machine documented a massive cultural event at the eve of the US entry to WWII.

- Michael Schiess

Donated by: Dan Fontes