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Release Date: 04/11/2016

New Digital History Collection About the Space Needle Now Available at The Seattle Public Library

Space Needle being constructed

April marks the 55th anniversary of the start of Space Needle construction. Thanks to a new collection developed by The Seattle Public Library, the public now has access to never-before-seen photos of the Needle's construction process: from the digging of the foundation, to the daring iron workers hanging out on a limb, to the opening of the World's Fair in 1962. The George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection offers a fascinating and thorough view of the Needle's creation, including over 2,400 images and Gulacsik's notebook detailing day by day construction details.


George Gulacsik was a professional photographer, graphic artist and sculptor. His photographs were donated to the Library by his wife, Sally Gulacsik, following George's death in 2010 and digitized with the help of the Space Needle Corporation. Many of the images from this collection appeared in Space Needle USA, a promotional booklet on the Needle's construction published in 1962.


For more information on the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph collection, visit the collection online, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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