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Return to Century 21

Written by Christopher Alm • August 18th, 2008
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.

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Anonymous

    I was fortunate enough to attend the Seattle World’s Fair, tour many of the major exhibits, and smart enough to keep all of the literature, postcards and brochures from it, which I still have. Living in the house of the future would have been quite something. It’s too bad the future didn’t turn out the way the Fair envisioned.


    P.S. Chris,

    At least try the martini recipe. As fans of a forward looking era, we should be at least a little willing to try something new.

  • Chris

    Lucky you Robert! Must have been quite the thing! You should scan some of the stuff you have in your collection and I can publish it on the blog if that pleases you?

    That Martini recipe does sound a bit scary hehe. And no I am not a fan of moving forward as you might have noticed from my blog? I like to go backwards in time ;-)

  • The King Of Cool

    Wow. That looks awesome. I wasn’t even alive yet when this happened. I bet it was amazing. I’ve always loved the look and style of these older world fairs.

  • k

    i grew up near seattle, and the space needle and seattle center have always been at the top of my list of favorite things about the city. i wish i’d been alive to go to the ’62 world’s fair.

  • William Fisher

    Both 62 and 64 were very cool. I was a kid, but remember them both in detail. Formative for me.

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