Seattle World’s Fair


Small glass tray souvenir of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

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The Century 21 Exposition saw nearly 10 million visitors during the six months it was open in 1962, and this tray would have been taken home by one of the attendees as a souvenir. The Space Needle is boldly featured, as it was one of the highlights of the fair constructed to celebrate America’s ongoing commitment to space exploration.

The World’s Fair was originally planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, but the timing was too tight. It was decided, rather, to show the public that the United States was not really lagging behind the Soviets in the ongoing space race and the theme was corresponding set to reflect science and the future.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1961

Author: Century 21 Exposition

Sheet Width (in): 4

Sheet Height (in): 5

Condition: A

Condition Description: The tray is in pristine condition.