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Forgotten Places – No Lifeguard on Duty

A selection of excellent photos from the series No lifeguard on duty by photographer J. Bennett Fitts. If you would like to dig deeper into the history of the Salton Sea, feel free to visit fellow blogger Lee Prewitt’s blog The Salton Sea Chronicles....

Return to Century 21
Written by Christopher Alm in Event

Return to Century 21

Today we are returning to the World’s fair held in Seattle in 1962. Going under the title Century 21, this is one of my favorite expositions next to the one that was held in New York two years later. Here are a couple of photos from it to better illustrate my point....

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Come Fly With Us – The Story of a Real Pan Am Stewardess

FIFTY YEARS AGO, 1958 — the jet age officially makes its mark in history with the launch of the Boeing 707. Jet planes could fly to their destinations non stop, cheaper and faster than before. Air travel was now longer not restricted only to people of wealth. The infamous phrases “Fly me friendly”, “coffee, tea or me?”, stewardesses with big smiles, elegant outfits and long...

Video

Swedish filmmakers Terese Mörnvik and Ewa Einhorn team up with Fredrik Gertten from WG Film in Malmö, Sweden to bring you a documentary about a place where time has stood still for the past decades. Born from a concept of the communist past, Poland once had over 25 000 Milkbars to serve cheap traditional food for families, old and homeless people Once run and owned...

1964 New York World’s Fair
Written by Christopher Alm in Event

1964 New York World’s Fair

I have two favorite World’s Fair expositions. The first one being the 1962 held in Seattle, also known as Century 21, the second one is the fair that was held in Queens, New York in 1964. It was the largest World’s Fair ever hosted, and the theme for it was “Peace Through Understanding”. This was represented through a huge model of the Earth called the...

Christmas Shopping – A Long Time Ago in Sweden

Have you started making your Christmas shopping yet? If not, take a trip to the northern parts of Sweden and visit this Tempo department store. Sure looks swell with all the busy people running around....

Ride the Monorail
Written by Christopher Alm in Event

Ride the Monorail

The Seattle World’s Fair back in 1962 with its theme “Century 21” has to be the coolest World’s Fair ever. Going from downtown Seattle, you board the Alweg monorail, speeding along high above the streets to reach the exposition area. The fair was home of the Space Needle, one of the most famous Googie architecture landmarks in America, it still stands there today if you...

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