Edna Purviance and her sister, Myrtle, were living in San Francisco, when the San Francisco World Fair opened in 1915. Originally proposal in 1904, but delayed by the 1906 earthquake, it became a major world event, as it celebrated the rebirth of San Francisco and the opening of the Panama Canal.
Many of Edna's family members attended, as did Edna's new employer, Charles Chaplin. Edna started working for Chaplin just a few weeks before the official fair opening.
The following silent films post are a peek at that fair, beginning with the opening: