My Palace of Dreams

My Palace of Dreams

A young girl leans on a tree and looks beyond a waterway at an unknown building. Is the building she looks at her own palace of dreams? What could it be?  Purchased for this archive from the photographers grandson Thomas High, a bit more information is gleaned:

The girl in the Palace of Dreams is Ethel. (Ethel Lorene Blumann 1902-1990) As we discussed, we’re not sure where this was taken, but it appears quite likely that it was at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  Sig was a member of the orchestra at the Union Pacific Railroad’s “Old Faithful Inn” at the Fair.  At the same time, he wrote a series of articles on the fair for the Photographic Journal of America, illustrating them with his photographs.

The various buildings on the grounds of the Exposition were often referred to as palaces, but this very well documented fair reveals no easy clues when put through online image searches.  One other possibility may be a general view looking across Oakland’s Lake Merritt should this actually be a California image.

My Palace of Dreams

Image Dimensions16.9 x 11.2 cm including frame: corner pasted to mount

Support Dimensions33.0 x 25.2 cm manilla mount with impressed window

Print Notes

Recto: Signed in graphite by the artist: lr within impressed mount: Sigismund Blumann

Verso:  Pasted white Art Nouveau label (5.5 x 13.7 cm) on mount with Blumann’s home address of 3217 Davis Street Fruitvale, California: signed, along with process used by artist in blue ink: My Palace of Dreams  Bromoil

Exhibitions | Collections

Thomas High: landscape green-toned bromoil photograph showing full building ; extant unmounted gelatin silver print the same.


Sigismund Blumann, Fruitvale California: purchased for this archive in December, 2019 from his grandson Thomas High.