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.
I.B.M. Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). “Through three gardens in naturalistic settings, the I.B.M. Pavilion introduces visitors to ‘new paths to knowledge.’ Included in the exhibit are a history of man’s technological and artistic accomplishments, a demonstration of intricate machines based on simple principles and an explanation of the operation and uses of computers. Gordon Fisher, coordinator.” (Official press book : Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, p. 41.)
Date: 1962-09View this item
View N.W. of Skyride from Gay Way [i.e. Gayway]
The Skyride of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “The Skyride, which starts in the amusement zone, ends in the International Mall on the other side of the Fairgrounds. It is something more than the typical midway ride. Cables strung 60 and more feet above the ground carry bucket-like cars, with capacities of three persons, on a 1,400 foot sky ride. The passengers see the fair below them.” (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 115.)
Date: 1962-04-18View this item
Climbing buttresse [i.e. buttress], a dangerous sport of teenagers being ordered off by police officer
Washington State Coliseum, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “Superlatives are helpful in describing the fair’s $4 million theme building, for it is one of the largest clear span structures in the world; and the aluminum roof, the only one of its kind in existence, sweeps 110 ft. into the air at the apex, supported by steel compression trusses rising from massive concrete abutments.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 17.)
Date: 1962-05-05View this item
Bungalow Magazine, v. 3, no. 1, Jan. 1914
Home of Joseph F. and Clara Dubail at 326 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 featured on pages 49-53. Home of William L. and Grace Hoffeditz at 6259 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 featured on pages 54-60.
Date: 1914-01View this item
Commerce Pavilion; Encyclopedia Brittanica exhibit
Encylopedia Britannica exhibit in the Interiors, Fashion, and Commerce Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). “A six-minute film on ‘Life in the Next Century’ is included in the display, emphasizing the evolution of the yearbook from 1768 through 1962. Encyclopedia Britannica annually revises its yearbook. Mrs. Marti, manager.” (Official press book: Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, 1962, p. 46.)
Date: 1962-10View this item
Coliseum: Official French exhibit
Government of France Exhibit, in the Washington State Coliseum at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "Seven keys -- not answers -- to happiness in the world of tomorrow are graphically portrayed. The conclusion of the exhibit springs out of Gaston Bergers spiritual testimony, Intelligence without love is nothing. There is a section of French contributions to science, and before presenting the seven keys, a short movie develops the theme of air-supported devices." (Official press book: Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, 1962, p. 33.)
Date: 1962-06-10View this item
One of many poster colum [i.e. columns]
Poster column on Show Street at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). Show Street was the "adult entertainment" section of the Century 21 Exposition."With a thought that a sample of the best of everything belongs at a World's Fair, the northeast corner of the Fairgrounds is devoted to adult entertainment. This area is called Show Street U.S.A. Show Street offers food and drink, exciting show girls, the natural and the unusual. It's a great place to spend an evening." (Official press book : Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, p. 60.)
Date: 1962-10View this item
Seattle World's Fair
Seattle World's Fair; Seattle World's Fair Information Booth and Space Needle
Date: 1962View this item
Christian Witness in "Century 21"
Article from March 1962 issue of Bible Society Record, featuring Christian Witness Pavilion of Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).
Date: 1962-03View this item
View east of Boulevard West shops
Boulevards of the World at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "The Boulevards of the World area is the shopping center of the fair. Stores, stands and kiosks displaying the goods and gifts of a dozen nations line the gay and colorful thoroughfares that tie the five theme Worlds of Century 21 together. Exotic shops and restaurants are on Boulevard East, Boulevard West, Freedom Way and United Nations Way. In among the bazaars are fine restaurants and elegant exhibits. In the streets, kiosks display food and favors for sale, while along the edges are benches for the sightseers." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 119.)
Date: 1962-05-12View this item