Century 21 Digital Collection
Preview up to 100 items from this collection below. Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair showcased Seattle as a space-age city. See photos, brochures, postcards and other items related to Seattle’s 1960s vision of the future.
SGS Bulletin, v.8, no. 8, Apr. 1959
Date: Apr. 1959View this item
View North to German beer cellar and Belgian Waffle House
Belgian Waffle House (Gaufres de Bruxelles) and Hofbrau Haus restaurant, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). On the Belgian Waffle House: "Belgian waffles are famous for being widely introduced at a worlds fair, and most reference books say that it was the 1964-1965 New York Worlds Fair. They are wrong. The tasty treats were a hit first in Seattle. The New York version was a lighter waffle and is better known today, but the Belgian Waffle House was a popular spot with the Seattle crowds." (Bill Cotter, Seattle's 1962 World's Fair. 2010: Arcadia Publishing, p. 101.) On the Hofbrau Haus restaurant, designed by John Graham and Co.: "Eight plywood bays are assembled in 20-ft. diameter vaults, one of largest thin shell spans in this configuration." (An Architect's Guidebook to the Seattle Worlds Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 40.)
Date: 1962-06View this item
The Food Circus of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "Close to the center of the fairgrounds is the Food Circus, a great bustling eaters' delight. Ranged about the vast floor are 52 concessions, all producing food in its manifold phases." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 137.) The building was constructed in 1938 as the Washington National Guard Armory (Architects: Floyd A. Naramore and Arrigo M. Young) and was transformed into the Food Circus for the Century 21 Exposition (Architects: Durham, Anderson, and Freed).<br><br>Clarence E. "Gene" Voiland was a West Seattle pharmacist who enjoyed using his new Balda Baldamatic I 35 mm camera.
Date: 1962View this item
View East on Harrison to World [i.e. World's] Fair Band: Jackie Souders on left
Official World's Fair Band of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair), led by Jackie Souders. "Decked out in an all-white uniform with gold braid, radiating happiness with every gesture, Souders led his 37-piece band around the fairgrounds with infectious enthusiasm." (Peter Blecha, "Century 21 Exposition (1962): Music at the Fair." HistoryLink.org, http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=9367)
Date: 1962-05-19View this item
Scooters in Gay Way [i.e. Gayway] before installation
Gayway, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "The Gayway is a $2 million operation designed by two experts in the amusement business: J. W. Patty Conklin, a 50-year veteran who handles amusements for the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto, and Harry Batt, who operates the Lake Ponchartrain Amusement Park in New Orleans...SKOOTER--a tremendous outlet for frustrated freeway drivers is this mammoth version of the bumper-car ride, where 40 cars race and collide in an arena illuminated by 7,000 light bulbs; imported from Germany. 35¢" (Official press book: Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, 1962, pp. 62-63.)
Date: 1962-04-06View this item
World's Fair Museum exhibit: Model of Telephone Bldg. at World's Fair 1962
The World’s Fair Museum operated on the grounds of the Seattle Center, in the former United Arab Republic Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair), during the summer of 1963. It displayed photographs and artifacts from the fair.
Date: 1963-07-14View this item
Government of Mexico Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “Set off by red lavastone and amberglass walls, the Mexican pavilion offers a collection of leather goods, glassware, Indian blankets, bright cloth and clay and china pottery. Jewelry is displayed in a modernistic setting. The designers of the pavilion, Pedro Vasquez and Rafael Mijares, are from Mexico City. Mr. Molino, Director” (Official press book : Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, p. 37.)
Date: 1962-06-03View this item
View S.W. of U.S. Science Pavilion left from Space Needle
United States Science Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “The lacy pattern of this six-unit complex placed around a central court with its 100-ft. high arches is in decided contrast to the forcefulness of Coliseum 21. In a sense, the pavilion is a salute to concrete, for it is believed to represent the largest single use of precast and prestressed structural components in the nation.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 21)
Date: 1962-02-24View this item
Seattle's 1962 World's Fair
Article from December, 1961 issue of Lone Star Cement News, describing concrete construction at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).
Date: 1961-12View this item
Seattle 1st National Bank; Francis of Assisi: Sculpture by E.G. DuPen
Seattle-First National Bank sculpture exhibit, Century 21 Exhibition (Seattle World’s Fair). “An outdoor exhibition of works by leading Northwest sculptors has been arranged by the Seattle-First National Bank at its fairgrounds branch around the corner from the Federal Science Pavilion. The bank announced today it has established an invitational competition and show, with prizes of $300, $200 and $100. All entries will be exhibited in the large courtyard and gardens of the fairgrounds bank for the duration of the fair.” (Louis R. Guzzo, Seattle Times, March 22, 1962, p. 26.)
Date: 1962-05-12View this item