Where was this photo taken?
August 15, 2008 10:39 PM   Subscribe

Do you know where this photo was taken?

As I was scanning pictures that were in my grandfather's possession (see previous question), I came across this photo which has thwarted any of my attempts to identify where it's from.

What's so weird about it? Well, there's the mural that seems to mix Asian and Latin American imagery (Buddha, Mary, and a Mayan pyramid?). Then there's the fountain/monument area. The statues definitely seem Asian and the explorer's names on the wall all were explorers of Central Asia and China, but all the names are in western script.

The photos were with some Philippine Pesos issued during the Japanese occupation, but I can't find any reference to this site in the Philippines.

Based on what I could decipher from some photo app magic, the names on the wall are:

Plano Carpini
Marco Polo

Could this possibly be a pre-Communist monument in China that has been since modified/destroyed?
posted by monkeymcgee to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: judging from the scenery and the size of statues (and their numbers), plus the costumes of the other people, I think the picture was probably taken in the USA maybe at World's Fair. Could be the India Pavilion...
posted by parmanparman at 10:58 PM on August 15, 2008 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: That's a great guess! I hadn't considered that, but it couldn't certainly explain the apparent cultural mishmash in the scene.
posted by monkeymcgee at 11:04 PM on August 15, 2008

Response by poster: Sorry--that should be "could certainly explain..."
posted by monkeymcgee at 11:04 PM on August 15, 2008

Response by poster: parmanparman: You're my hero.

It looks like this is part of the "Court of the East" complex at the 1939-40 World's Fair in San Francisco (Treasure Island).

I found another view of a similar scene, on this site.

I'll post a follow-up if I can find a match of the area in my photo.
posted by monkeymcgee at 11:13 PM on August 15, 2008

Response by poster: We have confirmation: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3

My photo was taken at the "Fountain of Western Waters" in the "Court of Pacifica"
posted by monkeymcgee at 11:30 PM on August 15, 2008

this is not an answer, i realize, but how the hell did you get that, parmanx2? were you there or something?
posted by Hat Maui at 5:26 AM on August 16, 2008

I am 28.
posted by parmanparman at 3:21 PM on August 16, 2008

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