The Panama Pacific International Exposition was the 1915 worlds fair held in San Francisco, California. Taking over three years to construct, the fair had great economic implications for the city that had been almost destroyed by the great earthquake and fire of 1906. The exposition was a tremendous success, and did much to boost the morale of the entire Bay Area and to help get San Francisco back up on its feet. http://www.sanfranciscomemories.com/ppie/photos.html
The beautiful handwriting of your mother. Madelinette is inspired by Palmer Method which was introduced to the US in 1894 as a modern alternative to Spencerian. The method won many awards including the Gold.