Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SF History Expo 03/01/2015

A weekend expedition to the San Francisco History Expo, with Laurie Wigham and the SF Sketchers meetup group - plus a cast of dozens of costumed reenactors, wow!

The expo was held inside the historic Old Mint, giving us a rare chance to admire the gorgeous architecture.

The costumed reenactors took turns out front hawking the expo to passers-by, which made it hard for me to tear myself away and go inside. They were mainly from the wonderful local group Actions Past.

I was fascinated by the gold prospector's elaborate kit bag.

I spent a lot of time stalking Emperor Norton like a sketchbook-wielding paparazzo. You can book him for a city tour at Emperor Norton's Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine.

Levi Strauss presented a stress-test of his newfangled "blue jeans" in the courtyard. A constellation of historical luminaries lent their muscle to the demo.

An immense stamp mill in the basement of the Old Mint. A lot of the SF Sketchers artists gravitated to this impressive piece of hardware.

A few quick sketches of the Actions Past reenactors. They gave me some helpful historical hairstyling tips, too!

At the end of the day, the Actions Past crew gathered in the courtyard for a group shot, while I sketched away at top speed.

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