Saturday, June 22, 2013

Two cards from the Auckland Exhibition 1913-1914

Difficult to buy postcards from the Auckland Exhibition, because there are folks out there who pump up to prices to crazy levels -- up to $100 plus in some cases. I've managed to get a couple at saner rates in my time, though.

The exhibition opened 1 December 1913, and ran during the last summer before World War I. The toy railway here was billed as a miniature scenic railway, a "tiny engine and three carriages" (only two seen here), which did a tour of "Domain Hill". Might have traveled where the Auckland War Memorial Museum is today.

Can't say anyone looks all that excited with the thoughts of the trip ahead.

I've seen a few of these kind of cards around where families had their photos taken, and then inserted in the view as if they were flying over Auckland and the exhibition grounds. I actually found this one at a stall in Blockhouse Bay.


  1. Excellent photos! And yes, I would possibly pay a fortune for cards and photos from a late 19th century or Edwardian universal exhibition!

    I am not sure if the Auckland Exhibition was one of those world fair events that happened in a different country each four years or so, but they were very special. Alas the buildings were almost all pulled down and all the written relics and objects disappeared too.

  2. I've got one of those plane photos of my family too. Good one. I like the train.

  3. I have one of those plane photos of my family as well. a little messy, I will try and restore it when I have a bit of time. I am glad I have found when they were taken.

  4. I have an engraved tumbler from this exhibition. Hard to believe it’s undamaged after 108 years!!