Although a small fair in terms of acreage or the number of exhibits, Seattle's Century 21 was a popular event. It left Seattle with a new city symbol - the elegant Space Needle - an outstanding science center, a functioning monorail line and more. It even made a modest profit, something few world's fairs do!
Until someone builds a time machine, you can still take a trip down memory lane through this collection of photos from the Fair.
This 2010 book covers "Century 21", the groundbreaking exposition that brought us the Space Needle as it transformed much of Seattle. This has long been one of my favorite fairs, and it's a thrill to help tell the story of how it came to be.
IMAGES OF MODERN AMERICA:
SEATTLE'S 1962 WORLD'S FAIR
There's nothing an author likes more than a call from their publisher asking if they would like to write another book. Well, except for the royalty checks. My 2010 book sold so well that the publisher asked for a new color version, and here it is! It's completely different than the earlier volume. This one was released in 2015.
The Fair was a major event. Periodicals from around the world covered the design, building and operation of the Fair.
Enjoy a trip back to 1962 and the days of Century 21 through this vintage booklet in PDF format.
Take a look at how the 1962 Seattle World's Fair was presented to visitors, and at some of the beauty of the State of Washington. This is a large file but well worth the time to download it. Written before the fair actually opened so it could be ready for sale, it contains some interesting concept art and construction photos, as well as extensive descriptions of some of the pavilions and shows.