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"World's fairs are great tribal rituals of the industrial age. As much as a Kwakiutl potlatch, they are lavish expressions of what Ruth Benedict called 'patterns of culture': symbolic feasts and displays of ceremonial ojbects which may be studied in many waysas social and technological history, or the history of art and architecturebut which also fall specifically within the realm of the anthropologist."
"Happily, that's exactly how Professor Burton Benedict of the U.C. Berkeley anthropology department considered the Panama Pacific International Exposition when several fascinating exhibits from the 1915 fair, long thought to be lost, were found quite by change in the storerooms of the Lowie [now Hearst] Museum on Bancroft Way."
Temko. "San Francisco's 1915 Party for the World."
Review. January 16, 1983, p. 12.
|Burton Benedict with San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen.|
Marion and Barbara, and unnamed friend, dressed for the occasion of the opening of the Panama Pacific International Exposition Exhibition.
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