Monday, May 09, 2011

Century 21 Expo, September 1962

Today I have 4 more images from Seattle's "Century 21" Expo!

Part of the "Boulevards of the World and Food Circus", the Million Dollar Display was available for fans of money everywhere. There was a cylindrical wire-mesh cage containing some 30 tons of silver dollars, just like the one I have in my rumpus room. The coins were offered for sale after the Fair.

I don't have much to write about this photo other than pointing out the obvious - the Alweg Monorial, the Ferris Wheel. Does anybody have anything interesting to add?

The Bell System Pavilion contained displays that showed the advancements in communication over the history of mankind, as well as the many (space age!) technological developments that were improving our lives. Like transistors! Love the "Fairliner" tram in front.

The Nalley's Pavilion; Nalley's was a locally-based food manufacturer. The building was designed without any straight lines or sharp angles, instead using curving shapes. Ain't that sumpthin'?

If you are interested in more information about this wonderful fair, I would highly recommend Bill Cotter's new book from the "Images of America" series, "Seattle's 1962 World's Fair", which was very helpful to me in researching this post.


bloefeld said...

Awesome post, Major!

Nancy said...

wow.!! so many great things to see and do at this fair...i wanna go! it looks like a shopper's paradise if you ask me

lots of wonderful things to comment on...i am going to say I wonder what those white arches are behind the Nalley's building?

thanks for another great trip to the Fair :D

TokyoMagic! said...

Nancy, those arches were outside of the U.S. Science Pavilion and they are still standing today!

Major Pepperidge said...

TokyoMagic!, you beat me to it! Nancy, those arches are among the most-photographed landmarks from that fair; I'm sure there are at least one or two photos of them on my blog.

Nancy said...

thanks, guys!! i know i can always count on you ;-)

Katella Gate said...

All I can say is I am slightly disappointed in the middle photo, the one with the kiosk advertising "Guide Books"... At a glace, I though it was for "Guns & Books", which is a winning combination for me.

I mean, if you can't advance human knowledge through force of arms, how you gonna do it?

JG said...

Hey KG, I always thought that Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms should have been a convenience store, not an enforcement agency.

Seriously, cool pictures, Major. I had some pics from my family trip that showed a big round bubble elevator, as well as some great shots of the lacy towers. Darned if I can find them now...