Many do not know that the Seattle Worlds Fair had an adult entertainment area in the northeast dead-end corner of the fair. Ironically the PBC affiliate KCTS for Seattle now has its facility on this piece of land.
For years I have coveted and sought the pink brochure from the Backstage USA exhibition. It had a very distinct poodle logo on it that draws my attention as a collector of Worlds Fair memorabilia. It had slipped thru my hands at least two times.
First when a private estate sale family member told me they had it and told me to come back later. When I returned another family member pretty much told me that her sister had no right to sell it and made me get off the porch.
My other time was an on-line auction. This piece often sells for over 100 dollars. That is a little steep for my blood so I went for a low ball bid. The seller and I went back and forth once more but my bid was still too low. Dang… foiled again.
To my surprise this week my friend who collects and attends estate sales like I do to collect, came to my office. We had agreed he would buy for me a frosted Seattle Worlds Fair glass that he had seen at an Antique Mall. I did not have the one he saw and it was a vivid blue scene of the whole fair with Mt. Rainier in the background. A great visual piece.
When he came in to deliver the glass he held out this paper bag. In it was my holy grail… the pink poodle brochure. I had that collector jolt of adrenaline and jumped up and down. This is what makes long-term collecting should be! And he got it for even less than I tried to bid on the one on-line.
So.. on to what this treasure looks like. Here is a full set of photos of my treasure. It has bare breast nudity. To those sensitive to this that view my blog I have covered those areas. Hope you don’t mind my hot pink block outs.
First the cover is pink, has a poodle logo and is stylized like most burlesque or Las Vegas type girl shows brochures look.
front of Backstage USA Brochure
Open up the brochure and this lovely in white feathers very reminiscent of French burlesque dancers is on the first page.
Peep show girl posing – this photo is used in many articles about Show Street – Seattle WF
Turn the page and you will see all the acts, credits, who the girls/ladies are and more of the pink poodle logo. This also a common presentation. I have a brochure from the Stardust in Las Vegas which is a few years before the Seattle World’s Fair. This page is very similar.
Peep Presented by Jack D Matlack playbill – 1962
Next we are treated by artful photos of the most beautiful girls in the show. These are in color and again the poodle logo is there posed in both male and female stances. Here I have covered the bare bosoms.
Girls in the Backstage USA – Seattle WF 1962
The next pages tell the story of how they auditioned their dancers and found the gorgeous ladies.
Brochure pages on real photos of auditions for the girls
Brochure pages on real photos of auditions for the girls at Backstage USA – Seattle 1962 WF
It is center fold time next. Here the ladies are posed with Greek columns in an assortment of lovely costumes. I have done a little coverage here too.
Centerfold of the Peep Show brochure – Seattle Worlds Fair 1962
More of the story of how they built the exhibition is on the next two pages. They use the words vast and lavish. It tells us the facade of the building was 20′ tall and 70 feet long. Twenty artist worked on the designs and the blueprints (yes real paper) weighed 50 pounds and made a 3 foot high stack.
Backstage USA brochure explains how it was designed to be lavish and vast
More girls posed Playboy like are on the next two pages. More modest pink paper strips on the bare parts.
Pinup girls at the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair Backstage USA show
Partial nude girls in the Peep show – Seattle WF 1962
The brochure now shows us how they show the attendee the backstage experience.
“Most beautiful girls in orbit” at the Seattle Worlds Fair 1962
Backstage USA photos of how the attendees can see behind the scenes
The last page tucked in the back because it is not full of naked girls and ladies is an artist rendering of the building facade.
Seattle World’s Fair Backstage USA Peep Building – 1962
The back of the brochure has the poodle and the Space Needle. That is the first photo in the article that I used as a teaser.
There you have it. My great find due to a little kindness. Yes collecting is an adventure aided by others niceness to each other. Not only is there the thrill of the hunt but there is an interaction between participants both sellers and buyers.
This reinforces my main blog’s tag line – “Rambling Free of Technology”. By being engaged with others and putting down our phones we learn and find great things in this life. If you are unfamiliar with my nature and history blog you can find it at “Crows of Arroyos” or Batgurrl.net.