Saturday, July 12, 2014
Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World's Fair, was the first post-WWII World's Fair, and in many ways it set the stage for Seattle's "Century 21" Expo and the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Here is the United States pavilion, that "… included a fashion show with models walking down a large spiral staircase, an electronic computer that demonstrated a knowledge of history, and a color television studio behind glass". Say, that sounds swell!
I am ashamed to admit that the USSR pavilion fascinates me more than the USA pavilion. Wikipedia sez: "The Soviet pavilion was a large impressive building which they folded up and took back to Russia when Expo 58 ended. They had a facsimile of Sputnik which mysteriously disappeared, and they accused the US of stealing it". Man, I would have stolen it if I could have! What a conversation piece.
There's the Atomium (what an awesome name!), representing a single unit of an iron crystal, with each sphere representing an atom. It is 102 meters tall (that's 335 feet - am I the only person who feels embarrassed that the US couldn't make the switch to the Metric system while the rest of the world could?).
In this very dark photo you can see the Sky Ride as it passes the Luxembourg pavilion. Which I can find almost nothing about! I have failed you as a blogger.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Expo 58!