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

 

Expo ’74 – USSR & Republic of China Pavilions

Expo ’74 in Spokane had unlikely pavilions.   I bought brochures for both Soviet USSR & Republic of China at the same sale I found the Stamp Document and  the Peter Max Stamp FDC Envelope.

Let us start with the Russian pavilion.   The cover states it is the Soviet Pavilion & has USSR Expo ’74 next to the hammer and sickle symbol.  The brochure is full of what I think of as propaganda on how wonderful life is in the USSR at the time.  Maybe since I grew up in the Cold War period I am a bit bias on the old USSR.  The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was created in 1921 and was dissolved in 1991.  So, this is a little piece of history.

Expo '74 Soviet Pavilion Brochure

Expo ’74 Soviet Pavilion Brochure

This is a pretty big booklet so I put the pages in a slide show format.  Send me a note if you have difficulty with this format.

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The next brochure is from the Republic of China formed in 1949 on Taiwan.  In Chinese history, the Republic of China’s rule on mainland China (1912 to 1949) was preceded by the last imperial dynasty of China, the Qing dynasty. Its end was marked after the Nationalists lost the Chinese Civil War against the Communist Party of China (CPC).  Then the Nationalists retreated to Taiwan while the CPC proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on mainland China.  (Thanx Wiki for this information on China and USSR).

This is a lovely brochure describing their pavilion.

Expo '7r Worlds Fair Republic of China Pavilion Brochure

Expo ’74 Worlds Fair Republic of China Pavilion Brochure

Rep of China Expo '74 Brochure back page

Rep of China Expo ’74 Brochure back page

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Stamps Document & FDC Card Expo ’74

Paper items from Worlds Fairs are just as exciting as the dishes and trinkets you might find.  At one sale I found all the brochures, FDC stamp envelope, tickets and what is called a Stamps Document.

This is a folder and envelope that you can have stamped as you visit the exhibits.  In today’s world this seems rather old fashion but look how this preserved this family’s experience.

Expo 74 Stamps Document and Envelope

Expo 74 Stamps Document and Envelope

Stamps Document Expo 74 inside - official Peter Max Stamp and exhibit stamps

Stamps Document Expo 74 inside – official Peter Max Stamp and exhibit stamps

The inside page had places labeled for each countries and as you can see they visited each of them.  The Expo had Australia, Canada, Republic of China (Taiwan), Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), Japan, Korea, USSR (Russia), USA, and Iran.

They used the envelope that they received the document in to gather more stamps ranging from Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Ford, Amtrak, Litter Exhibit, Whirlpool, Eastman Kodak & AT&T.

When you open the folder you not only see their exhibit stamps but also the commemorative stamp that was designed for Expo ’74.

The designer of the stamp was none other than the Peter Max. He is a German-born American illustrator and graphic artist, known for the use of psychedelic shapes and color palettes during the 60s & 70s.

The United States Postal Service commissioned Max to create the 10-cent postage stamp to commemorate the Expo ’74 World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington, and Max drew a colorful psychedelic scene with a “Cosmic Jumper” and a “Smiling Sage” against a backdrop of a cloud, sun rays and a ship at sea on the theme of “Preserve the Environment. (Thanx Wiki for this info)

Peter Max 10 cent stamp in Stamp Folder - Expo 74

Peter Max 10 cent stamp in Stamp Folder – Expo 74

Another memorabilia item from Worlds Fairs are First Day Covers. That is a postcard or envelope with the stamp cancelled on the first day of issue.  This treasure trove of items included one of those too.

Peter Max Expo '74 Stamp FDC (First Day Cover)

Peter Max Expo ’74 Stamp FDC (First Day Cover)

First Day Cover Envelope from Spokane Expo 74

First Day Cover Envelope back  from Spokane Expo 74

It does not seem that long ago since 1974, only 40 plus years. However, time will take its toll on these kinds of items and they are often thrown out.   This group is now safe in my Worlds Fair Mini Museum.

 

 

1964 New York Worlds Fair Guide

This official guide book came to me via Las Vegas.  A dear work colleague who retired to start a book shop sent this to me the other day.  What a lovely surprise it was.

The icing on the cake is it is signed by the President of the NYWF Corporation, Robert Moses.  Whoever went to the fair with this book got more than 50 signatures.  Every stop they made they had someone at the exhibits sign.  Some fairs had stamps like the Stamp Folio I have from the 1974 Spokane Expo.

Robert Moses, President NYWF Corp, signed 1964-65 Worlds Fair Guide

Robert Moses, President NYWF Corp, signed 1964-65 Worlds Fair Guide

1939-40 NY Worlds Fair found in Seattle

Today I found some treasures from the 1939-40 NYWF.  While my car was getting its windshield repaired I went to an Antique Mall.  This plate which caught my eye turned out to have a little handle.  This was revealed when the case was unlocked and a sign moved out-of-the-way.

This dish highlights the fair’s focal point.  Wiki tells us the following about the two structures

The Trylon and Perisphere were two modernistic structures, together known as the “Theme Center,” at the center of the New York World’s Fair of 1939-1940. Connected to the 610-foot (190 m) spire-shaped Trylon by what was at the time the world’s longest escalator, the Perisphere was a tremendous sphere, 180 feet in diameter. The sphere housed a diorama called “Democracity” which, in keeping with the fair’s theme “The World of Tomorrow”, depicted a utopian city-of-the-future. Democracity was viewed from above on a moving sidewalk, while a multi-image slide presentation was projected on the interior surface of the sphere. After exiting the Perisphere, visitors descended to ground level on the third element of the Theme Center, the Helicline, a 950-foot-long (290 m) spiral ramp that partially encircled the Perisphere.

The name “Perisphere” was coined using the Greek prefix peri-, meaning “all around”, “about”, or “enclosing”. The name “Trylon” was coined from the phrase “triangular pylon”.

When I had the Mall staff unlock the case we found under the dish some paper ephemera.  (the meaning of ephemera is – any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day.)

As you can see from my definition above of ephemera these kinds of things are little treasures since they were meant to be tossed or used up.  Funny how humans hang onto them anyway and now 75 years later I found them in an antique mall.

First lets look at the ticket packet.  The color is so vivid it must have been kept in a drawer most of the time.

1940 NYWF Ticket Book

1940 NYWF Ticket Book

I didn’t buy any postcards because I have some already which I will post at a later date. However, I did snatch up this brightly colored “Seeing New York Worlds Fair in Colors” book. Like the ticket packet the color is still very bright and this was stored properly.

1939-40 New York Worlds Fair color booklet of sites

1939-40 New York Worlds Fair color booklet of sites

back of 1939-40 NYWF booklet

back of 1939-40 NYWF booklet

Worlds Fair City Spoon – 1893

You never know what you will find at an estate sale. I went to one this weekend in search of some Seattle World’s Fair Bolo tie items.  n the pictures they were still on the display cards –  three of them looking like new old stock. So nice I even wondered if they were knock offs and not authentic 1962.

I got to the sale right at 9am on the opening day and only 10 people in line. I was excited, cause that meant I had a chance.

WRONG!! They only let 5 people at a time in. I was in the second group and the lady running the sale told me those Worlds Fair items were first to go. She did point me to some glasses she still had up on the shelf. I scored a US Science Center frosted tumbler that I was missing in my set of glasses.

Then I saw the spoons. There was a pile of about 10 on the lower shelf and another guy was pawing through them. I think he was grabbing them for the silver but my hand was steady when I saw the one with engraving in the bowl of the spoon.  That is often an older worlds fair item.

Rejoice!!  It was and not any fair but the 1893 Columbian Chicago Worlds Fair.   The legend of my oldest fair rose up and tapped me.   Better yet, it was only 2 bucks.

This little spoon is part of a set that has Columbus’ head on the top with 1492 to 1893 around him.  The shank of the spoon has on it Worlds Fair City. The bowl has a view of the Arts Palace.  On the back it states Standard. It has been loved so much the brass/copper core is shining though on the raised areas. No wonder the other buyer passed it up. Not pure sterling.

For me it was like finding gold.

1893 - 1492 Columbian Exposition Spoon - Christopher Columbus' head

1893 – 1492 Columbian Exposition Spoon – Christopher Columbus’ head

Arts Palace - 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair in Spoon

Arts Palace – 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair in Spoon

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