World's Fair

Seattle World's Fair
6:52 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Souvenirs Of Seattle's World's Fair

Six-year-old Paula Jones was the 9-millionth visitor to the Seattle World's Fair. She was given free admission to all of the rides, as long as she wore this sign around her neck.
Photo courtesy/Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Seattle World’s Fair came to an end. For six months nearly 10 million people visited the Century 21 Exposition. The Space-Age themed fair left behind many memories and a lot of memorabilia. In the final part of our series on the Seattle World’s fair, produced with Jack Straw Productions, Harriet Baskas looks at some of the stories behind the souvenirs.

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1962 World's Fair
6:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Assessing Technology Introduced At 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

This was the cordless phone that was unveiled at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Photo courtesy Seattle Museum of Communications.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The event gave visitors a peek at how they might communicate and use something called a computer in the 21st Century. Ahead a look at some of the technological innovations unveiled at Seattle's Space Age Worl'ds Fair. KUOW's Harriet Baskas and Jack Straw Productions reports.

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Seattle World's Fair
6:26 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Seattle World's Fair - Space Is The Place

John Gessner, one of the operators of the Bubbleator at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. 100 passengers at time rode the circular elevator to the World of Tomorrow in the Washington State Coliseum.
Photo by George Carkonen The Seattle Times

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair -– an event shaped by the Soviet Union’s launch of sputnik, President Eisenhower’s creation of NASA and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon.

In a collaboration with Jack Straw Productions and KUOW, reporter Harriet Baskas has the story of the remarkable event that brought us the Space Needle.

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