A look at Expo '58 - Part 2

With the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union well underway by the time Expo 58 was conceived, it was inevitable that the world would be looking at how these two super-powers presented themselves. Visitors to Expo 58 were not to be disappointed. Both countries had elaborate pavilions and displays, including demonstrations of their newest technology - including the Russian's Sputnik satellite which had so recently been the first man-made object to orbit the Earth.

USA pavilion exterior

The United States pavilion was the largest circular building constructed to that time. The fountain in front of the building featured moving jets of water, while flags of the states ringed the building itself. The upper portion of the structure was removed after Expo 58 ended, with the lower level in use today as a broadcasting studio. (Set 3 #14)

USA pavilion interior

The inside of the United States pavilion was quite spacious, with a variety of displays circling a large indoor pool. The restaurants inside are credited with popularizing ice cream, which at that time was not yet well accepted in Europe. (Set 2 #8)

USSR exterior

Located next to the circular United States pavilion, the Soviet Union structure was completely different, for it was a large rectangular building. After Expo '58 it was dismantled and moved to Moscow, where it still serves as an exhibit hall. (Set 3 #15)

USSR interior

As a giant statue of Lenin looks on, visitors parade past displays of Soviet technology, including models of missiles and aircraft. Displays of Russian culture were overshadowed by more industrial displays of items like giant turbines. (Set 2 #12)