Seattle's 1962 World's Fair

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Arcadia Publishing, 2010 - History - 127 pages
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When the United States entered the 1960s, the nation was swept up in the Space Race as the United States and the Soviet Union competed for supremacy in rocket and satellite technologies. Cities across the country hoped to attract new aerospace companies, but the city leaders of Seattle launched the most ambitious campaign of all. They invited the whole world to visit for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and more than nine million people took them up on the offer. A colorful collection of exhibits turned 74 acres of rundown buildings into a futuristic wonderland where dozens of countries and companies predicted life in the future. The entire city was transformed with the addition of the soaring Space Needle and the futuristic monorail. When the fair ended, the site became a complex of parks and museums that remains a vibrant part of Seattle city life today.

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

The Seattle World's Fair opened when I was 1 year old. I still remember visiting it when I was a bit older than that. Looking at this book makes me wished I was old enough in 1962 to remember when it was first opened. Read full review

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As a young boy growing up in Seattle in 1962 I was awed by the “spaceship” Mercury and the view from the Space Needle. Some things just never change. Today, 49 years later, the Pacific Science Center ... Read full review


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Bill Cotter has been an avid scholar and fan of world's fairs since his first visit to the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. His collection of vintage photographs has been featured in numerous books, including five previous titles for Arcadia, as well as in magazine articles, documentaries, and on Web sites that document the histories of the fairs.

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