Seattle World’s Fair, 1962
Photo by Ralph Crane
Seattle World’s Fair 1962 greeting cards
The cover of the box and three 1962 sketches on cards, with 2008 cell phone photo diptychs added by me for comparison. My grandmother brought this box of stationery (20 cards with envelopes, 3 images with descriptions inside the cards) back from the Century 21 Exposition — World’s Fair 1962 — and years later she gave it to me, along with some other artifacts. I used a few of the cards writing to a girlfriend as a teenager but I have at least 10 left.
The Monorail was to be the wave of the future, the only thing in the Century 21 Exposition that actually was realistic in the 21st century. But puny humans missed the distinction between “futurism” and “the future”, which is why the Monorail is still running but occasionally gets threatened with being shut down — and why the span length is one mile, not all over town like the Seattle Monorail Project attempted make happen in the first half of the actual 21st Century (giving up in 2005 after a public vote). The point of this demonstration was to show the future of mass transit, and only a handful of cities — mostly not in the States, where it would make sense — have embraced this future.
The US Science Pavillion is now the Pacific Science Center.
The Space Needle rises majestically above the Seattle Center, but no longer is flatulent — initially it spouted natural gas flames. This has become the icon and representation of Seattle to the world.