Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909): Pay Streak Amusements

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The 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was held in Seattle on the University of Washington campus from June 1 to October 16. This was Washington's first world's fair and it celebrated 12 years of prosperity -- since the 1897 Alaska Gold Rush -- through the display of resources, products, and advantages of Washington and the region. More than three million people visited the fair from Washington cities and counties and from the rest of the country. The Pay Streak was the A-Y-P Exposition's midway area. It offered (for a price) a dizzying array of carnival rides, quasi-educational exhibits, souvenirs, and refreshments. It was a magnet for fairgoers of all ages. This file contains a list of the A-Y-P Exposition's gross receipts and exposition revenue generated by amusements, restaurants, and merchandise concessions during the course of the fair, as enumerated in the Secretary's Report of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (Seattle: Gateway Printing, 1911). Most, but not all, of these businesses were located on or near the Pay Streak. Some businesses operated for only a few weeks. Others operated throughout the course of the fair. This list excludes revenue generated within exhibit buildings.

The columns in the secretary's report groups the A-Y-P enterprises into groups according to "percent privileges," "Flat rate," and (for unknown reasons), "special attractions." Different businesses negotiated different contracts.

Enterpises Given Percent Privileges

Hindoo Mystery Amusement 
$16.60, Gross Receipts
$2.49, A-Y-P Revenue

The Arena Amusement
$26,750.71 Gross Receipts

Alaska Newspaper Merchandise
$2,489.90, Gross Receipts
$622.49, A-Y-P Revenue

Automatic Scales Weighing Device
$2,987.65, Gross Receipts
$896.47, A-Y-P Revenue  

Army and Navy Tea Room Restaurant
$7,474.43, Gross Receipts
$1,494.90, A-Y-P Revenue  

Automobile Checking Garage
$582.29 Gross Receipts
$134.89, A-Y-P Revenue  

Air Brush Painting Merchandise
$1,515.40 Gross Receipts
$303.08, A-Y-P Revenue  

Bohemian Restaurant Restaurant
$42,995.55, Gross Receipts
$9599.11, A-Y-P Revenue  

Battle of Gettysburg Amusement
$49,920.59, Gross Receipts
$8,599.11, A-Y-P Revenue  

Boat House
$514.25, Gross Receipts
$128.57. A-Y-P Revenue  

Bakery Lunch Restaurant
$4,959.85, Gross Receipts
$744.06, A-Y-P Revenue

Birdseye Views Merchandise
$112.25, Gross Receipts
$112.25, A-Y-P Revenue

Chinese Village Amusement
$7,451.25, Gross Receipts
$1,863.14, A-Y-P Revenue  

Carousel Amusement
$8,146.95, Gross Receipts
$471.99, A-Y-P Revenue  

DeLoris Giant Piano Amusement
$2,201.75, Gross Receipts
$220.25, A-Y-P Revenue  

Dixieland Amusement
$11,083.95, Gross Receipts
$639.15, A-Y-P Revenue  

Eskimo Village Amusement
$93,402.30, Gross Receipts
$15,572.62, A-Y-P Revenue  

Frankfurter Sandwich Restaurant
$23,420.10, Gross Receipts
$5,855.42, A-Y-P Revenue  

Fresh Fruits Merchandise
$12,442.07, Gross Receipts
$1,867.04, A-Y-P Revenue   

Fairy Gorge Tickler Amusement
$11,413.00, Gross Receipts
$2,853.44, A-Y-P Revenue   

Ferris Wheel Amusement
$18,050.15, Gross Receipts
$2,707.74, A-Y-P Revenue  

Government Building Souvenir
$19,946.35, Gross Receipts
$2,276.74, A-Y-P Revenue   

Golden Rod Inn Restaurant
$12,905.05, Gross Receipts
$2,581.01, A-Y-P Revenue   

Gondolas and Launches Amusement
$746.25, Gross Receipts
$186.64, A-Y-P Revenue   

Garbage
$3,540.00, Gross Receipts
$885.00, A-Y-P Revenue   

House Upside Down Amusement
$6,337.50, Gross Receipts
$1,280.02, A-Y-P Revenue   

Hires Root Beers Soft Drinks
$6,652.25, Gross Receipts
$1,760.50, A-Y-P Revenue   

Haunted Swing Amusement
$3,163.45, Gross Receipts
$695.90, A-Y-P Revenue   

Human Laundry Amusement
$5,273.70, Gross Receipts
$1,054.74 , A-Y-P Revenue  

House Jack Built Amusement
$8,260.25, Gross Receipts
$1,239.12, A-Y-P Revenue  

Indian Stone Work Amusement
$4,540.10, Gross Receipts
$908.04, A-Y-P Revenue   

Igorrote Village Amusement
$57,471.65, Gross Receipts
$14,386.07, A-Y-P Revenue   

Independent Telephone Company Pay Station
$910.95, Gross Receipts
$227.73, A-Y-P Revenue   

King County Coal Mine Amusement
$2,241.80, Gross Receipts
$224.45, A-Y-P Revenue   

Lake Washington Passenger & Row Boat Company Amusement
$14,207.90, Gross Receipts
$3,552.31, A-Y-P Revenue    

Land of the Midnight Sun Amusement
$6,541.30, Gross Receipts
$927.79, A-Y-P Revenue    

Ezra Meeker Joy Wheel Amusement
$19,123.95, Gross Receipts
$3,854.11, A-Y-P Revenue    

Ezra Meeker Restaurant
$25,939.25, Gross Receipts
$5,301.50, A-Y-P Revenue    

Ezra Meeker Wild West Amusement
$2,741.50, Gross Receipts

Ezra Meeker Balloon Amusement
$1,224.10, Gross Receipts
$183.71, A-Y-P Revenue    

Mountain Slide Amusement
$7,526.50, Gross Receipts; $1,881.79

Maingate Cafeteria Restaurant
$46,793.00, Gross Receipts
$9,358.61, A-Y-P Revenue    

Monitor & Merrimack Amusement
$139,596.86, Gross Receipts
$8,959.68, A-Y-P Revenue    

Oriental Concession Amusement
$43,587.65, Gross Receipts
$11,267.44, A-Y-P Revenue    

Old Mill Amusement
$27,553.25, Gross Receipts
$3,010.75, A-Y-P Revenue    

Photographs Merchandise
$5,904.20, Gross Receipts
$564.69, A-Y-P Revenue    

Photo Supplies Merchandise
$195.30, Gross Receipts
$48.92, A-Y-P Revenue    

Puritan Inn Restaurant
$32,003.90, Gross Receipts
$6,400.77, A-Y-P Revenue    

Pacific Tel. & Tel. Co. Pay Station
$1,928.45, Gross Receipts
$482.10, A-Y-P Revenue    

Postal Telegraph Cable Company Telegrams
$810.06, Gross Receipts
$202.52, A-Y-P Revenue    

Roast Beef Sandwich Restaurant
$42,286.25, Gross Receipts
$10,571.88, A-Y-P Revenue    

Russell's Electric Marvel Amusement
$5,328.55, Gross Receipts
$1,065.71, A-Y-P Revenue    

Spanish Theatre Amusement
$18,262.10, Gross Receipts
$4,298.94, A-Y-P Revenue   

Shingle Mill Merchandise
$957.05, Gross Receipts
$195.36, A-Y-P Revenue    

San Marino Theatre Amusement
$981.95, Gross Receipts
$147.35, A-Y-P Revenue    

Scenic Railway Amusement
$103,168.55, Gross Receipts
$20,733.73, A-Y-P Revenue    

Souvenir Plaque Merchandise
$1,028.87, Gross Receipts
$205.76, A-Y-P Revenue    

Swedish Building Amusement
$18,266.15, Gross Receipts
$1,826.85, A-Y-P Revenue    

Shooting Gallery Amusement
$12.50, Gross Receipts
$12.50, A-Y-P Revenue    

Temple of Mirth Amusement
$18,692.55, Gross Receipts
$2,804.02, A-Y-P Revenue    

Vacuum Railway Amusement
$20,144.25, Gross Receipts
$5,105.89, A-Y-P Revenue    

Washington Restaurant
$41,160.05, Gross Receipts
$8,232.02, A-Y-P Revenue   

Welch Grape Juice Co. Soft Drinks
$8,868.45, Gross Receipts
$2,660.91, A-Y-P Revenue    

Western Union Tel. & Tel. Telegrams
$1,343.78, Gross Receipts
$335.95, A-Y-P Revenue    

Whale Museum Amusement
$476.60, Gross Receipts
$71.72, A-Y-P Revenue    

Y.W.C.A. Restaurant
$44,493.38, Gross Receipts
$6,674.04, A-Y-P Revenue    

Michigan Club Restaurant
$714.95, Gross Receipts
$142.99, A-Y-P Revenue    

Hot Waffle and Sandwich Restaurant
$1,223.05, Gross Receipts
$244.61, A-Y-P Revenue    

Placer Mining Amusement
$11,050.85, Gross Receipts
$540.97, A-Y-P Revenue    

Aero Plunge Amusement
$2,266.90, Gross Receipts
$453.38, A-Y-P Revenue    

Dizzle Dazzle Amusement
$4,814.00, Gross Receipts
$1,039.57, A-Y-P Revenue    

Infant Incubator Amusement
$2,874.50, Gross Receipts
$862.43, A-Y-P Revenue    

Educated Horse Amusement
$775.55, Gross Receipts
$116.45, A-Y-P Revenue    

Roller Chair Amusement
$933.30, Gross Receipts
$186.71, A-Y-P Revenue    

Cigars: (Chas. Thompson)
$1,412.00, Gross Receipts
$211.84, A-Y-P Revenue    

Cigars: (Ralph Hodgins)
$877.55, Gross Receipts
$131.69, A-Y-P Revenue    

Jinrikishas Amusement
$555.65, Gross Receipts
$83.38, A-Y-P Revenue  

Captive Balloon Amusement
$230.85, Gross Receipts
$90.00, A-Y-P Revenue    

TOTALS
$1,188,797.64, Gross Receipts
$197,802.29, A-Y-P Revenue  

Special Attractions

Air Ship
$307.65, Gross Receipts
$307.65, A-Y-P Revenue  

Auditorium
$4,242.80, Gross Receipts
$1,822.47, A-Y-P Revenue  

Ampitheatre
$103.25, Gross Receipts
$15.48, A-Y-P Revenue  

Ampitheatre, Soft Drinks
$257.45, Gross Receipts
$50.93, A-Y-P Revenue  

Fire Works
$10,455.70, Gross Receipts
$4,052.04, A-Y-P Revenue  

Fire Works, Soft Drinks
$134.00, Gross Receipts
$5.36, A-Y-P Revenue  

Stadium
$1,428.25, Gross Receipts
$1,428.25, A-Y-P Revenue  

Stadium, Soft Drinks
$256.15, Gross Receipts
$41.63, A-Y-P Revenue 

Fine Arts
$4,074.00, Gross Receipts
$4,074.00, A-Y-P Revenue  

TOTALS
$21,259.25, Gross Receipts
$11,797.81, A-Y-P Revenue 

Exposition Revenue -- Flat Rate

Automatic Stamp Machine Norman H. Chance
$2,000.00,Gross Receipts
Est. A-Y-P Revenue $500.00

Air Brush Painting M. Kingery
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$200.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Army & Navy Tea Room George Bouckret
$850.00, Gross Receipts
$50.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Box Lunch John Lang
$2,000.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Baby Rack F. A. Jensen
$100.00, Gross Receipts
$25.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Chinese Village Ah King Co
$14,000.00, Gross Receipts
$3,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Cigars C. A. Weber
$1,280.00, Gross Receipts
$320.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Cut Flowers and Plants Carlson & Farish
$300.00, Gross Receipts
$1000.00 [?], Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Soft Drinks Concessionaire Company
$1,600.00, Gross Receipts
$310.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Cattle Exhibit Carstens Packing Company
$2,000.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Cigars Charles Thompson
$600.00, Gross Receipts
$150.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Cigars Ralph Hodgins
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue 

Cigars Puritan Inn
$200.00, Gross Receipts
$50.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Captive Balloon M. Goldstein
$140.00, Gross Receipts
$35.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Destruction of 'Frisco Y. Kushibiki
$360.00, Gross Receipts
$90.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Formosa Tea Parlor T. Arai
$2,000.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Frankfurter Sandwich Isaiah Ellwood
$40.00, Gross Receipts
$10.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Guess Your Weight Harry Fischer
$2,400.00, Gross Receipts
$600.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Gum and Cigars L. H. Burnett
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Glass Blowing
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Gondolas and Launches Louis T. Silvain
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$200.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Hot Corn Ah King Co.
$1,400.00, Gross Receipts
$350.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Humanatone G. W. Stivers
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$200.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Human Laundry F. W. Colgrove
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Ice Cream Cones Seattle Ice Cream Co.
$30,000.00, Gross Receipts
$7,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Nikko Palace Y. Kushibiki
$14,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Ice J. H. Reratt
$1,350.00, Gross Receipts
$300.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Igorrote Village
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Infant Incubator M. E. Fischer
$7,200.00, Gross Receipts
$1,650.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Japanese Village T. Arai
$24,000.00, Gross Receipts
$6,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Jewelry Macomber Mfg. Co.
$2,400.00, Gross Receipts
$600.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Jinrikishas D. C. Rinehart
$2,140.00, Gross Receipts
$300.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Knife and Cane Rack B. Y. Jackson
$1,800.00, Gross Receipts
$450.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

House Boat N. Lewis
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

King County Coal Mine Col. Hardt
$200.00, Gross Receipts
$50.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

A.Y.P. Laundry Charles Roberts
$1,350.00, Gross Receipts
$217.78, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Lunch Counter George Veasey
$1,400.00, Gross Receipts
$350.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Souvenir Manufacturers Jos. Mayer & Bros.
$17,000.00, Gross Receipts
$4,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Magic Wand J. H. Welch
$500.00, Gross Receipts
$125.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Roast Beef Sandwich Firmin Michel
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$867.10, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Maingate Cafeteria Maingate Cafeteria Co.
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$412.37, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

New York State Restaurant W. L. Patterson
$20,000.00, Gross Receipts
$2,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Novelty Booth H. S. Kohn
$1,600.00, Gross Receipts
$400.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Novelty Booth Wm. E. Draper
$2,000.00, Gross Receipts
$250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Northern Express
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Barney Nathan Merchandise
$40.00, Gross Receipts
$10.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Official Daily Program Davis & Dresen
$10,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,750.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Official Catalogue Geo. U. Piper
$5,000.00, Gross Receipts
$904.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Official Ground Plan R. E. Reid
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Official Guide George U. Piper
$5,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Official Photograph F. H. Nowell
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Oriental Concession N. Salih
$9,200.00, Gross Receipts
$4,800.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Oregon Restaurant F. M. Watson
$9,000.00, Gross Receipts
$2,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Oyster Cocktail
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Post Card Concession Rowe & Martin
$16,000.00, Gross Receipts
$4,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Parcel Checking and Messenger J. H. Plant
$5,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Peanuts Samuelson & Co.
$9,000.00, Gross Receipts
$2,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Popcorn Samuelson & Co.
$9,000.00, Gross Receipts
$2,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Placer Mining W. H. Quinn
$16,730.00, Gross Receipts
$2,771.30, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Pennants and Umbrellas Robinson & Rosenthal
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Placer Mining Jack Smith
$2,000.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Princess Trixie
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Palmistry Geo. Veasey
$8,400.00, Gross Receipts
$1,400.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Postal Photos A. J. Park
$1,000.00, Gross Receipts
$250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Panorama of the World
$600.00, Gross Receipts
$150.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Roller Chairs J. C. Marmaduke
$2,140.00, Gross Receipts
$360.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Rice Cakes H. Tomita
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$200.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

Photo Post Cards Geo. F. Rosselot
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Shooting Gallery Elias & Kohn
$8,200.00, Gross Receipts
$1,650.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Storage
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Shetland Pony Ring Mrs. M. C. Hamley
$1,000.00, Gross Receipts
$250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Shoe Shining and Lavatory Kam & Peal
$4,400.00, Gross Receipts
$1,100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Striking Machine S. Hayden
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$200.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Seattle Novelty Co. Novelties
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$75.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Spanish Theatre Abdelnour & Salih
$3,900.00, Gross Receipts
$1,400.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Sea Food Cafe C. P. Troy
$2,700.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue

San Marino C. Marchetti
$600.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Souvenir Badges B. L. Swezea
$400.00, Gross Receipts
$100.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Souvenir Plaque Blewett & Co.
$200.00, Gross Receipts
$50.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Souvenir Spoon
$3,000.00, Gross Receipts
$750.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Soft Drinks and Jobbing
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$1,000.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue  

Soft Drinks and Confectionary
$11,500.00, Gross Receipts
$11,500.00

Temple of Mirth and Lost Girl
$4,000.00, Gross Receipts
$500.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue    

Totem Pole Lead Pencil Gillespie Brothers
$800.00, Gross Receipts
$200.00, Est A-Y-P Revenue    

Toys C. Van Thyne
$1,600.00, Gross Receipts
$400.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue    

View Books, Rowe & Martin
$17,000.00, Gross Receipts
$4,250.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue    

Fresh Fruit C. L. Willis
$200.00, Gross Receipts
$50.00, Est. A-Y-P Revenue    

TOTALS
$351,820.40, Gross Receipts
$90,882.55, A-Y-P Revenue    


Sources: Secretary's Report of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (Seattle: Gateway Printing, 1911), p. 29-36.

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