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Worlds Fairs: Seattle 1909

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition

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[AYPE 1909 official flag]
image by Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010


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Official Flag

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) was held in 1909 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Two flags were apparently used, the red-white-blue one being the official flag and the gold-blue one the official burgee. It appears the red-white-blue flag was hoisted throughout the expo grounds and the burgee was hoisted on ships and other vehicles traveling to and from the expo and inside the expo on its own ways.
Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010

I found this slideshow which features on silde # 57 a set of flags displayed at the Exposition's Main Gate: http://www.historylink.org/db_images/Seattle_AYP_Turnstiles_1909.jpg. The image credits read: "Turnstiles at Main Gate, A-Y-P Exposition, Seattle, 1909, photo by Frank Nowell, Courtesy UW Special Collections (Neg. No. PH Coll. 727,19, Image No. AYP190)
http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?displaypage=slideshow.cfm&fileId=7082&frame=57
Esteban Rivera, 7 July 2010

This was indeed a World Expo sanctioned by the BIE retroactively, as seen in this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world_expositions. It was originally planned for 1907, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush, but the organizers found out about the Jamestown Exposition (1907) being held that year, and rescheduled.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamestown_Exposition
The Logo can be seen here: http://home.comcast.net/~dkerlee/logo1.jpg (From a Postcard by the Yukon Postcard Company).

Other images of the logo are here:

The flag that Dave mentions is seen here:
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ayp&CISOPTR=1034&CISOBOX=1&REC=9
and here:
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ayp&CISOPTR=310&CISOBOX=1&REC=20 (picture credits date the flag from 1908) and also on the following postcards: The Burgee that Dave mentions can be seen here (bottom right of the image): http://content.lib.washington.edu/exhibits/aype/index.html.

For additional information please see the following:
http://www.aype.com/
http://www.expomuseum.com/1909/
http://www.aype100.org/ and http://www.aype.org/ (Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Centennial for Washington State, 1909 – 2009) (dead link, available through Wayback Archive)
http://content.lib.washington.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fayp (Set of 200 digitalized pictures, from the University of Washington)
http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=7082 
Esteban Rivera, 7 July 2010

Burgee

[AYPE 1909 burgee]
image located by Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010

The burgee was a yellow flag with the AYP Signet in blue.
Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010


Emblem

[AYPE 1909 emblem]
image located by Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010

The emblem is round like a seal and it features three women representing Alaska, the Yukon, and Asia dressed in appropriate clothing and each appearing in front of a typical scene; Asia and Yukon have appropriate trees and Alaska has a mountain behind which is a golden sunrise. Each holds an item, a ship, locomotive, and a lump of gold, respectively.
Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010


Pennant

[AYPE 1909 pennant]
image located by Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010

Also I found a photo of a souvenir felt pennant showing a yellow hoist with the AYP Signet in blue (on its side however) and a blue fly with the word “SEATTLE” in yellow.
Dave Martucci, 7 July 2010