Jr Airline Flight Bag – Seattle Worlds Fair

A new treasure to share with everyone. This is a small child size airline flight bag with Seattle Worlds Fair logo and graphics on it. That dates this around 1961 or 1962.

I am not sure if this was a give away at the fair or by an airline.  It seems a bit expensive to be free so perhaps it was purchased in Seattle during the fair.

Here are more views of what it looks like.  Do let me know if you have any information on this little flash from the past.

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Top of Jr Flightbag

Side view Jr Flightbag

Seattle Worlds Fair Jr Flight Bag

Seattle World’s Fair – Official Medal Collection

How about a higher end memorabilia item? Nothing says spending a bit more to remember an occasion than the official medals of an exposition.

The hunt for my Mini Museum is as much the fun of it as actually possessing the items. When I find something so very different I get pretty dang excited.

This is how the medal find came down. The last weekend of estate sales was the weekend before Christmas. I went to two of them. The first was nice and I bought an eclectic set of things – a metal spatula, a WWII Rand McNally map and a small Space Needle Tie Tack (missing the back end and kind of degraded in general).

The second one was at a site where estate sale companies hold their events when the person does not want it in the house or they have excess items to dispose of. This one was a mixture of several sales. It had lots of jewelry, expensive art, collectables and a huge NASCAR cast cars collection.

While browsing the jewelry I told the lady I collected Worlds Fair items. She perked up and grabbed an item I had totally missed. The Official bronze Medals bound in a little book made specifically for them.  Just like a fancy coin collection should be.

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It was a good price but still expensive. However, now that I have collected all the glasses, plates and small items I can find, these more top shelf items are very enticing. I asked the main guy to give me a deal and he did.  I left it at the check out table and went browsing the rest of the sale. As I wandered around he came back to me and said the magic words… everything is half off now and the deal just got really reasonable for me.

Ok – enough of the hunt story and my bargain.  Here are the Commemorative Medals book pages in greater detail.

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This set is the bronze version. They were made in gold, silver and bronze. According to the Seattle World’s Fair Collectors site (62worldsfair.com) they made only 4 sets of the gold, 15,000 silver and 40,000 bronze. They were the high relief type and came in a 9 coin set. The Gold were not for sale and one is in the Smithsonian. Silver was $112.50 and the Bronze was $28.50. I paid slightly more than the original price for my set and they are listed between $225 to $120 when I researched them.

If you want to learn more here is the link to the collectors site – World’s Fair Collectors – Medals

My favorite is the star coin “the Space Medal” minted at the US Mint and designed by the famous designer & sculptor George Tsutakawa. This was to commemorate the first “Space Age World’s Fair”.

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Century 21 Bronze High Relief Medal front face- 1962

The reverse is even better. The front commemorates the fair with the logo and space needle on top of the Washington State Pavilion (aka Coliseum or Key Arena). The reverse is the artists expression of outer space. It is timeless art in how he crafted the design. The book highlights it with cosmic illustrations and mankind’s adventure into the unknown far away from his home on earth.

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George Tsutakawa quote – Seattle Worlds Fair Space Medal

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Space depicted in Seattle Worlds Fair Medal by Tsutakawa

As a child of the 1960s, I am still fascinated by man’s exploration into space. Man walked on the moon not too many years after I visited the Century 21 Exposition. The medal collection brings back all the memories of black and white televisions wheeled into the classroom to watch a space launch.

The rest of the collection highlights all the key exhibitions and sights of the fair with their reverse showing the Century 21 logo (top feature photo).

The Space Needle and Monorail are at the top of the arrangement.

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Next comes the middle tier with the Million Dollar Display (where these medals were sold) along with a huge coin collection, the World of Century 21 (the Washington State Pavilion) and the World of Science (the US Science Pavilion now the Pacific Science Center).

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US Science Pavilion – Seattle WF – designed by Minoru Yamasaki

The bottom row is World of Commerce, World of Entertainment and World of Art. They are all stylized views of large areas of the fair grounds.

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Thank you for visiting my Worlds Fair Blog. Hope you enjoy my rambling around the Seattle area in search of all things that are World’s Fairs Memorabilia.

Brochure Backstage USA “Peep” – my holy grail find

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

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

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

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

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

Brochure pages on real photos of auditions for the girls at Backstage USA - Seattle 1962 WF

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

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.

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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

Pinup girls at the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair Backstage USA show

Partial nude girls in the Peep show - Seattle WF 1962

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

“Most beautiful girls in orbit” at the Seattle Worlds Fair 1962

Backstage USA photos of how the attendees can see behind the scenes

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

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.

 

 

Miss Seattle World’s Fair Doll

This weekend when I did a final look at what sales to attend on Saturday morning, a private sale had popped up over night.  There in the photos was the “Official Doll” Miss Seattle World’s Fair.

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair with dark hair and purple sash

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair with dark hair and purple sash

I had never seen one in a sale and was hyped up to get there as close to opening as possible. When I arrived at about 10 minutes after 9am, there were quite a few folks there including some regulars I usually see.

Then I had that treasure hunting moment… she was still on the bookcase unclaimed.  I practically pushed over another guy in the tiny living room to get her.  And then I had her in my arms.

Not only is she a good find but she is in almost perfect condition inside her plastic bubble case. They had not taken her out too many times which kept even her hair looking like new.  Her dress is as white as they come with the lace accents not tattered or roughed up.

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair eyes closed

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair eyes closed

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair back

Miss Seattle Worlds Fair back

The bottom of the bell had been opened and because of that I took her out when I got home.  As you can see even her eyes close and her flower and sash are perfect.

bottom of plastic bell with Miss Seattle Worlds Fair

bottom of plastic bell with Miss Seattle Worlds Fair

I wasn’t the only one having fun.  My boy kitty Reggie had to get into the photo shoot.  I like this photo not only because of Reggie but because it gives you an idea of her size.

Reggie messing around with photo shoot.

Reggie messing around.

Happy Worlds Fair collection day!!

Seattle in the 60’s Photos

For those that want to look at the apx 180 slides of Seattle digitized. Here is a link to an online version. These slides are about 75% Seattle World’s Fair and the rest are things like Seafair, Alki Beach, Pike Place Market and some Christmas windows.  All from 1962 to 64.

Seattle in the 60s Photos

I have started writing in more detail about these photos I found at an estate sale. You can find an article at this link – After the Fair.

Enjoy!!

After the Fair – Seattle Century 21

It is fairly uncommon to find photos of after an event.  The party is over and the excitement that causes people to photograph something is over.  In my recent 300 slide purchase of 1960s Seattle there were a series of post fair photos.

The feature photo above is of the Islands of Hawaii Pavilion.  The 50th state was still new to the union by only 3 years.  This shows the emptiness of buildings being demolished or prepared for moving. From what I can tell it was used into the 70s either in its original place or in the Gay Way (Fun Forest) as a game arcade.

Several restaurants next to the International Fountain are in the collection.  The Hofbrau Haus and Fiesta where a weary fairgoer could get a drink and relax a little.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Int'l Fountain and Haufbau Retaurant

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Int’l Fountain and Hofbrau Haus restaurant

 

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Skyride pole and Fiesta Restaurant

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Skyride pole and Fiesta Restaurant

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Northwest corner of fairgrounds

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Northwest corner of fairgrounds

The fairgrounds were built around a few existing buildings.  One was the old Armory that became a multi use Food pavilion called the Food Circus.  It later became the Center House and now is called the Armory in commemoration of its original use.  This photo shows that building, the State Flag Plaza, and the US Science Pavilion peeking over the top of the Hall of industry. The Hall of industry became the Flag Pavilion which has been torn down.  The whole plaza is now repurposed and called Fisher Plaza.  Notice the Hofbrau Haus Restaurant on the left? Also, for reference the Int’l Fountain is behind the photographer.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Armory and corner of Haufbau by Fountain

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Armory and corner of Hofbrau Haus by Fountain

The International Fountain has been renovated so people can walk right down to it. The inner works are also modernized.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Intl Fountain with Queen Anne Hill in distance

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Intl Fountain with Queen Anne Hill in distance

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - State Flag Plaza, Int'l Fountain, Queen Anne HIll and Exhibition Hall

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – State Flag Plaza, Int’l Fountain, Queen Anne Hill and Exhibition Hall

The Memorial Stadium started out life as Civic Field in 1927 along with several other buildings that were a foundation for the fair.  It was rebuilt in 1946 as the High School Memorial Stadium.  During the fair it hosted the Ringling Brothers Circus, Tommy Bartlett’s Water Ski Sky and Stage Show, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans’ Western Show, and an appearance by evangelist Billy Graham. (Thanx Wiki for detailed facts).  Here it is in January 1963 in clean up stage.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - empty Stadium

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – empty Stadium

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Stadium

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Stadium

Over on the other side of the Armory (Food Circus) there was a mural commissioned by artist Paul Horiuchi.  It faces the Children’s Center and has it’s back to the Space Needle.  The US Science Center is to the right in this picture below of it.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Space Needle base and Paul Horiuchi Mural (both still around)

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Space Needle base and Paul Horiuchi Mural (both still around)

This is now a grass field and used for concerts.  Some people don’t like it’s garish style but I have grown to love it as part of our 60’s art. This next picture is the Main Information Building and the Children’s Center.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Main Info & Children Buildings

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Main Info & Children Buildings

Here is what it looks like North of the mural. That is the Armory (Food Circus) on the left. Check out the cars of the time.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Corner of Food Circus (Armory) and Horiuchi mural.

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Corner of Food Circus (Armory) and Horiuchi mural.

Here we have a lot of parking and the IBM exhibit.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63- Science Ctr, IBM exhibit and cars

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63- Science Ctr, IBM exhibit and cars

Last but not least was the gift from our sister city to us.  Kobe sent this bell to Seattle for the fair and it is still in this spot to this day.

After Seattle World's Fair Jan '63 - Kobe Bell gift to Seattle

After Seattle World’s Fair Jan ’63 – Kobe Bell gift to Seattle

 

Slides found ’62 Worlds Fair

I got so lucky this weekend and saved from the dump a whole tray of 35 mm slides of the Seattle World’s Fair.  What is so exciting about this find is most of the slides are privately produced, which will yield never before seen views.  There are even slides of the grounds about 3 months after the fair ended.  A few were professionally done and those are kind of pinky in tone.  I am going to pick out all the good slides and have them converted to digital.  Stay tuned for more on them.

Professional and Private Slides of Seattle Worlds Fair

Professional and Private Slides of Seattle Worlds Fair

 

I actually bought two trays of slides with 150 in each.  One of them is about 60% Seattle Worlds Fair.  The rest are great historic photos of Seattle, including Pike Place Market and Seafair Hydroplane races.  The second tray is more Seattle in the 1960s but not near as interesting.

Here are a few samples of the Worlds Fair slides:

Seattle World's Fair Slide tray

Seattle World’s Fair Slide tray

Space Needle Slide

Space Needle Slide

 

Century 21 Ergonomic Letter Opener

This is one of the most unusual items I have found.  It is an ergonomic letter opener that is from the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair.   As you can see it has the Century 21 logo stamp on the flat part where the blade meets the handle.   Here is a closer look at it.

Century 21 stamp on bottom of Letter Opener

Century 21 stamp on bottom of Letter Opener

Finding items for my Worlds Fair Mini Museum is always an adventure.  This one did not disappoint.  The sale was on Capital Hill and I got a little lost.  I knew I had gone too far north and pulled over to figure out how I had gone wrong.  There had been a wreak on I-5, so I got off and went through the back streets.  That was my down fall since I approached it from a different angle.

I found the place and it was more of a professional than private sale set up in a house.  The photos on Craig’s list had a Seattle Worlds Fair cup in them.   So, what did I have to lose but go see if I could snag this little thing.    I am too late and the item is sold, which is fairly common.  When I asked the owner of the sale, he told me it was gone but he had an ergonomic letter opener.

It was not on display and he went upstairs to retrieve it for me.  It is certainly unusual.  He told me he had two of them and when I tried to barter on the price he won’t budge.   Before I talked to him I had picked up a 1988 worlds fair spoon in its box.   I asked if he would throw that in and he still wanted 5 dollars for that.  Having bought some of these items I knew that was over priced.  As you can see I bought the letter opener and left the spoon behind.

Ergonomic Letter Opening from Seattle Worlds Fair

Ergonomic Letter Opening from Seattle Worlds Fair

NASA Building Brochure

The NASA Building at the Seattle Worlds Fair is sort of dear to my heart.  Not from going there during the Fair but how in the early 80s I worked in the building at the Seattle Gift Show.

By then the building had been converted to a storage area for seating and other things next to the Seattle Coliseum aka Washington State Pavilion or Key Arena.   In the years before the Washington State Convention Center, the Seattle Center grounds including the old Worlds Fair buildings were the places we in Seattle held Tradeshows.  The Coliseum was the main building but when a show was larger than it could hold, they would overflow into the Flag Pavilion, Northwest Rooms, Exhibition Hall and the NASA Building.

This weekend I went to a private estate sale that had advertised World Fair Paper.  I found a small honey hole of memorabilia with not only this brochure but glasses, ashtrays and plates.   Plus a first day edition envelope postmarked the first day of the fair.

Hope you enjoy the brochure and how this small building way off in the corner of the fair grounds talked about space.

The first page had a welcome from President Kennedy, the floor plan of the exhibits and Area One – Application Satellites.

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Area two is Space Sciences:

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Area Three – Orbits, Tracking and Data Acquistions

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Area Four – Space Vehicle Technology

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Area Five – Manned Space Flight

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Last page or back of the brochure is the credits

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$3 dollar Worlds Fair find

On Valentines Day 2015 I started my weekend adventures by going to three estate sales.  The first one was a house full of dolls and china cups and plates. This was a collection of a 90-year-old lady who had gone to the nursing home. In the living room was a line of tables with all the costume jewelry and other smalls displayed.

I asked the lady attending the tables if there was any Worlds Fair items.  She said she didn’t think so but handed me a box of buttons/pins. I pawed through that box and found nothing of interest. Then I spotted a box of thimbles where again I found nothing.  Moving along I came to her collection of spoons all loose in a box.   Methodically I sorted through the box, and almost the last spoon I touched is this Century 21 Exposition spoon.  Joy sprung into my collectors heart.

I rounded the corner of the tables and found another box with spoons. These were in their original boxes.  There I put my hands on a spoon with the Unisphere on the top. That was the symbol of the 1964 New York Worlds Fair.  It is one of the few fair structures that still exists today at Flushing Meadows.

Worlds Fair Spoon commemorates Unisphere

Worlds Fair Spoon commemorates Unisphere

Picking through what American Pickers calls smalls can be time consuming but is so worth it if you find what you seek.  My third prize was in a real junk box of stuff.  In the past I found my first Seattle Worlds Fair Space Needle pen in one of those junk boxes.   That makes me want to go to hoarder type estate sales because they have lots of unorganized debris of life.   In this case this house was in great shape and had quality antiques, not the place one finds treasure that was not gleaned out by the Estate Sale Company.   But that is what I was finding on this set of tables.

The third item was this odd glass ashtray item with writing in the box.  My instincts tell me to check out things that have writing because they are usually some sort of memorabilia.  I was right and even more delighted to read Golden Gate International Exposition 1940 (San Francisco Bay) on this block of glass.

It had the sculpture Pacifica which was a statue created by Ralph Stackpole for the 1939–1940 Golden Gate International Exposition held on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. Stackpole’s largest sculpture, it towered 81 feet (25 m) over the entrance to the Cavalcade of the Golden West in the Court of Pacifica.  She was the theme statue for the exposition, representing world peace, neighborliness, and the power of a unified Pacific coast.

You ask what happened to the statue?  The United States Navy purchased the island as a naval base in 1941, and Pacifica was demolished along with most other exposition structures.

All this info on Pacifica is courtesy Wikipedia.

Now back to this little 75 years old find.  It is not an ashtray as I first thought.  The lettering and embossed side of the glass block was on the top which makes me think it is a lid for some glass container.  Perhaps a food container for the refrigerator or a candy dish. I did some internet searching and didn’t see anything like it.  See what you think?

1940 Glass Lid - where is the jar or dish?

1940 Glass Lid – where is the jar or dish?

When I took them to pay, she said a dollar each.  I was surprised because I knew the spoons are probably worth $5 to $10 each.   The glass block, well, it is only valuable to me because it is missing the rest of it.

It was a great day for the Mini Museum!!