1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition Metal Tray

with Embossed Gatun Dam Spillway

Item PAN01 

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This artifact is a small metal tray from the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition with an embossed illustration of the famous Gatun Dam Spillway. The tray is gold colored and there is tarnishing on the inside surface as shown in the photo below. Other than tarnish, the tray is not damaged and the tray can probably be cleaned , but I have left it in the original condition. It is probably quite rare because it is the only one that I have ever seen.

Length = 11 cm (4.25 inches) ; Width = 6.6 cm (3 inches) ; Weight = 34 gm (1.2 ounces)

Comment: The Gatun Dam Spillway was a big part of my life as a child. I lived in the town of Gatun and I would walk to the Gatun Dam Spillway and fish for Tarpon and Snook throughout the 1960s. I also used to skin dive in Gatun Lake above the dam and shoot large Snook, Jack Crevalle and Tarpon with my speargun. Selling fish is how I made most of my spending money when I was a student at Cristobal High School. The embossed image of the Gatun Dam Spillway shows a passive dam structure without the 14 gates that were used to control the level of Gatun Lake during the rainy season.

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