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Meet the 5 of Pentacles

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Need. Help is there if you ask. Poverty. Loneliness, poor health, despair. All is not lost.

Michael de Young recognized an opportunity to stimulate California's economy in a time of depression. In the summer of 1893, de Young announced his plans for the California Midwinter International Exposition, a World’s Fair, to be held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The architecture of the Administration Building was decided by Arthur Page Brown. His design featured Arabic, Byzantine, Gothic and Islamic styles. It featured a 135-foot-tall dome with figures in relief. The building was three stories and was illuminated almost entirely by natural light. During the night, the building could be seen from miles away because it was lit up entirely by incandescent lamps.

Seen here, an elderly couple, struggling, as many were at the time, in counterpoint to the opulent wealth of the Exposition.

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