Farewell to Treasure Island (in the Ephemeral section of Open Video Project. Also, film #1820 on Prelinger Archive). [Category: Industrial]

Short promotional film from 1940 trying to get people to visit the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco before it closes. This has lots of color footage of the fair’s architecture, giving it historical value. OK folks, I know the meaning of a certain word beginning with G has changed over the years, but I couldn’t help snickering at the huge pair of signs announcing the “Gay Way.” Otherwise, this is pretty ordinary, but it does have the usual futuristic fun of world’s fair propaganda.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.

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