Friday, July 20, 2012

Seattle World's Fair 50th Anniversary

 The Seattle World's Fair...

It was the coolest thing happening in 1962.
I know, because I was there!
I was ten years old.

It was also known as Century 21 Exposition,
"When Seattle Invented The Future".

Below is a collage of the posters, magazines 
and a coloring book that I have as souvenirs.

I really don't  have any photos of my family at the fair, 
as my father had all film developed as slides.
Yes... slides!

Sunset magazine was, and still is, a very 
popular magazine in the Pacific Northwest. 
Can you believe it was only 25 cents?

Seattle was also host to a
Worlds Fair in 1909.

File:Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition - Rainier Vista.jpg

It was also known as the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
It was held in Seattle to publicize the development 
of the Pacific Northwest. 
The fairgrounds later became the setting for 
the University of Washington campus.

Now, back to the future...

My daughter and two of my grand kids went to the Seattle Center earlier this week
and I have pictures to share!

This was their first time there
 and they had such a good time!

This seems to be a very popular view for all photographers. 
I see variations of is all the time. 

Notice the beautiful blue skies? Oh how I wish I was there!

The Space Needle is 605 feet tall and has an observation deck at the very top,
below that is a revolving restaurant and then towards the bottom is a coffee shop.

The monorail travels from the Seattle Center to the
Westlake shopping center in downtown Seattle
which is about one mile.

I really LOVE to go shopping in the BIG department stores
in a city. The newer malls just don't have the same atmosphere. 

Nordstrom originated in Seattle and it is 
the largest of all their stores. 
Their Anniversary Sale is going on now...

Have you ever taken a ride 
on a monorail?



Unknown said...

I loved this post!!!
I did one on Expo 67 - I live in Montreal - and was 8 when that happened - did a post on that as well, lol
We're showing our age

Unknown said...

Oh and that Elvis movie was my favorite ( as well as the Suzy Wong one - can't remember the name )
And we had the monorail at Expo 67 too - you learn something new every day - I thought it was brand new in 67!!!
God those were the days!

Neabear said...

I have never been to the World's Fair, but my mother went to the one at Treasure Island. I think that one was in 1939. Enjoyed your post!


SmilingSally said...

No, I've never been to a World's Fair, but I have been to Seattle and even had a meal at the needle!

I love these blues; thanks for sharing.

Happy 1st Blue Monday, Bunny Jean.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous kids! visiting from Blue Monday.

My BLUE post, come and see when you get a chance.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The Space Needle certainly stands out against that blue, blue sky!

“Fill My Cup with Blue”

Shelia said...

Great post, Bunny! My daughter and her family used to live in Belleview right out of Seattle and that is where my little granddauther was born. We went there many times and had dinner up in the needle. A wonderful restaurant is there now.
Thanks for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Elizabeth and Gary said...

We were in Seattle 3 years ago and went to the top of space needle. I remember it was pricy for the ticket to see the view. I love all the Elvis movies...I think it would be so much fun to go a world fair, what a wonderful time that must have been for you as a child.
I really enjoyed your post!
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

Hi, Bunny Jean -- Thanks for the trip back to a simpler time. Never been to a World's Fair but have enjoyed the efficiency of monorail transportation. We've come a long way since 1962!


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Bunny, I certainly did enjoy the past and the present. Your souvenirs are awesome! My FIL had a bunch of slides and my hubby somehow put them on a disk. From there I was able to print pics for a scrapbook of my hubbies childhood. I have rode a Monorail, but now I am kind of a scaredy cat. I have never been luck enough to go to a Worlds Fair. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

bj said...

When we went on our Alaskan cruise, we spent the night in Seattle and went up on the tower. It was awesome and we loved it.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

No World Fair for me, but this is a great post! What wonderful pictures you shared, old and new! That space needle is such a cool building, I would feel really weird in that for sure! I would probably be hanging on for fear of falling! LOL!

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