In 1962, President John F Kennedy opened the World’s Fair in Seattle. Over 10 million people attended during the few months it was open. The World’s Fairs were to showcase art, industry and innovation from countries all over the world. The only one I ever went to was the one in Spokane in 1974. I wish the world still had them.

Two bits of trivia: The Seattle Fair was the only one to return a profit and the Spokane Fair was the first to be environmentally themed.

On a recent weekend when I was in Seattle I decided to go check out the area where the fair was located. The Space Needle is probably the most iconic landmark in Seattle and when you fly into the city it is easy to spot. It recently underwent renovations. A ride to the top will set you back almost $30, but what a view.





The science center is also still there.



A new addition is the Chihuly Glass garden. I didn’t bother going in this time as I only brought black and white film and it needs to be appreciated in color. Luckily the Seattle Center is close to Glazer’s Camera, my usual stop, so I will go the next time I’m in Seattle and have a roll or two of color film with me.


And the monorail, which is a cheap and quick way to get to downtown Seattle. It’s then just a short walk to Pikes Market.




(all photos were taken with my Leica Mp and Kodak TriX 400 film)

About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me. I use both digital and film cameras.
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2 Responses to 1962

  1. David says:

    My Grandparents went in 1962: https://familysalbum.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/1962-worlds-fair/
    and here: https://familysalbum.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/more-worlds-fair/ and a few more: https://familysalbum.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/monorail-at-the-1962-worlds-fair/
    I recall there are some from the top of the space needle that I haven’t scanned yet. I should really look for those! I went to the Seattle World’s Fair, but maybe in 1963, after the actual fair?

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