52 postcards : color ; 9 x 14 cm.
Postcards from the Jamestown Ter-centennial Exposition, 1907, held in Norfolk, Va., April 26-Nov. 30. 1907. Some postcards depict scenes known to Exposition attendees--for example, many attendees stayed at the renowned Hotel Chamberlin in Hampton Virginia.
The collection may be viewed on the Virginia Beach Public Library's web page in the VBPL digital collection.
The Jamestown Ter-Centennial Exposition was one of many fairs and expositions throughout the United States in the late 1800s through early 1900s. Held in Norfolk, Virginia, the Exposition celebrated the 1607 landing in Virginia and creation of the first permanent English settlement in North America. There were exhibitions from many of the United States. Additionally pavilions or exhibits portrayed American Indians, African Americans, and the military. "Warships from a number of foreign navies paraded off the coast, impressing upper management from the U.S. Navy Department's Bureau of Navigation who were considering where to locate a new naval station. Unsure that the U.S. Congress would appropriate money on the scale needed to build a naval training station on the Great Lakes, they looked to the already-built structures at Norfolk for a cost-effective solution. The result was a facility that would eventually become Naval Station Norfolk." (from www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Jamestown_Ter-Centennial_Exposition_of_1907, contributed by Brian de Ruiter. viewed June 22, 2011).