Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Here are more scans of some stereo slides from the 1962 "Century 21" Expo, also known as the Seattle World's Fair.
Here's a Sky Ride station, with the jolly orange Union 76 ball perched on top; did you know that this famous sign made its debut at the Seattle fair? I still think it is a brilliant piece of signage; I went to an art gallery where one of these orange balls was at ground level. It had to have been at least 8 feet in diameter. It was lit up, and people would actually walk up and hug it!
In spite of China's enormous size and population, the Republic of China pavilion mostly concentrated on life in Taiwan, strangely. According to Bill Cotter's book about the fair, "… the focus… was on the modern industries the island government encouraged. Exhibits about textiles, furniture, ceramics, and other products were complimented by displays on life throughout the country".
Looking down the street called "American Way", we see the Bell Pavilion to our right, as well as the base of the ubiquitous Space Needle. To our left is the Hall of Industry.
Looking past the Republic of China building, we can see the NASA exhibit in the distance, which celebrated recent successes in the space program, and had models of concepts for future lunar modules and other wonders.