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Lim Sing, Concessionaire at AYPE

September 13, 2009

Lim Sing (Lum See Guey) was 28 years old, born in Leung Poy Village, Sun Woey district.

He traveled with Ah King in China in 1909. Lim Sing had forty cases of goods shipped to Seattle early in the year and brought thirty more with him when he returned to Seattle in May. The goods were to exhibit and sell at the Fair. He rented a space from Ah King and agreed to give him a percentage of his profits.

On September 17, 1909 Lim Sing made an inquiry to the Immigration Commissioner, as to whether he could remain in this country to dispose of any goods not yet sold. He was told that according to Department circular No. 183 issued January 7, 1909 he was required to return to China by thirty days following the close of the Exposition. If he could comply with the requirements of Section 6 of the Act of July 5, 1884, he could be readmitted upon return to this country. It is not known if he stayed on.

Source: Lim Sing, 1909, NARA, RG85, Case RS2163.

Taft Day, September 30, 1909

September 1, 2009

Official Daily Programme Sept 30 1909

Official Daily Programme Sept 30 1909

On September 30, 1909, in honor of Taft Day, there was a military parade of all nations starting at 9:30 the 23rd Avenue gate. Captain A. M. Wetherill was Grand Marshall. The National Guard, bands and military units passed in review of President Taft and Exposition officials.

Two hundred school children maneuvered to form the letters T-A-F-T and A-Y-P. Other participants were the Igorrote Village, Eskimos with dog sled, Indians from Port Madison and Clan-Fraser Pipers. The German, Italian, Japanese, Swede, Scandinavian and Chinese sections marched by with native flags. The Chinese section was also in costume.

The M. Wagner A-Y-P band entertained the crowds after the parade at the Puget Plaza Band Stand.

Source: Seattle Public Library, AYPE Digital Collection

Ah Ying and Fay Freeman Honeymoon at AYPE

August 21, 2009

The A-Y-P also attracted many Chinese from Portland and California. Ah Ying, a Chinese man and Miss Fay Freeman, a Caucasian, both of San Francisco, were married in Vancouver, Washington, on June 24, 1909. Because of laws prohibiting a marriage between Chinese and Caucasians in California and Oregon, they came to Washington. Ah Ying is a restaurant keeper, has his queue cut short, and dressed in Americanized clothes. It was noted that his bride, a milliner, age 21 was good looking and well-dressed, and was acting on her own free will. They visited the A-Y-P on their honeymoon before returning to San Francisco.

Source: Oregonian, June24 1909 p5; accessed from

What’s next

August 12, 2009

I’ll be adding more photos to the pages on this blog. Then I’ll give you more information on the performers, fair workers and visitors.