Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures

Ride the Monorail

Written by Christopher Alm • September 3rd, 2005
Ride the Monorail

The Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 with the theme Century 21 has to be the coolest fair ever! Go from downtown Seattle on the monorail, speeding along high above the streets of Seattle. 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 want to visit it.

It was also home of the Bubbelator science ride, which took up to 150 people in a transparent sphere with the eerie space music of Attilio Mineo playing in the background. Do not forgot to take the Gayway and visit the Swedish exposition for a bite of their famous Smorgasbord.

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 want to see this bubbelator

  • David

    Check out this archive website. They have a film called Century 21 about a visit to the fair.


  • Chris

    I already knew about archive.org and I have indeed seen “Century 21” film they have there. They also have loads of other swell films about the design of the 50s and 60s too. But thanks for the heads up!

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