I found a picture in the On-line Archives of California which just pleases me no end, both for its foolishness and for the fact that it's really pretty scary. It's a view of the midway at the Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. The sole surviving relic of the exposition is the reproduced Palace of Fine Arts (the original was made of wood and plaster and by the 1960s was disintegrating, so they cast the thing in concrete to create the building that's there today.) I'm a bit sad that the Bowls of Joy in the photo did not survive. They were at least as deserving of preservation as was the Place of Fine Arts. Well, at least I'm sure Stephen King would think they were. They've been gone now for more than 90 years, but thankfully their visages have been photographically preserved to bring nightmares to a new generation.
Behold the Bowls of Joy:
|Bowls of Joy
On the Midway, Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, 1915