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  1. Nice assortment of WF items from 64/65

    Hi I am late to this party but the guys are right. Don't be fooled by someone giving you a flat fee. You have a lot of stuff. Figure every piece of paper is worth at the very least a buck. Books and guides are 5 to 10 each. Glasses and dishes are in the 10 buck range too. The the plastic molds - molderamas. They are hot and yours are nice. However, in the end family memories should overpower all the dollars they are worth. Put them in acid free albums and pass them onto the next generation. The story of visiting a worlds fair might be the most priceless gift of all.
  2. Seattle is on a roll. We are rebuilding and remodeling the old Seattle Worlds Fair grounds. The city is a booming place. My prior article was about an old building being torn down. Not a very loved place the old Mercer Forum aka House of Suds. However, the iconic Washington State Pavilion, Seattle Coliseum, Key Arena is much more loved. Two deep pocketed corporations have submitted proposals to the city to renovate it. Lets face it Sports are a draw and the remodels will hopefully attract a new NBA and NHL team to Seattle. There is a lot of dispute over another site down by our football and baseball stadiums. The city who owns Key Arena has been holding on to what a lot think is a white elephant since the Super Sonics went to Oklahoma City. It is time for the city to take charge in this deal. This photo is a good view of the SWF grounds today. The WA St Pavilion aka Key Arena is in the foreground front & center. So... I am excited that the great old building from the Worlds fair is going to be saved. I do have to confess I spent years in the 80s setting up conventions and tradeshows there. Kind of love her on many fronts. Down to brass tacks... Here is a link to Seattle Times article: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/nba/keyarena-groups-have-similar-goals-different-proposals-for-renovation/ The two bidders are: Seattle Partners - combined AEG & Hudson Pacific Properties proposal will be called the Seattle Coliseum. Here is a link to their site: http://seattlecoliseum.com/ & this one http://www.sonicsrising.com/2017/4/12/15275324/aeg-rolls-out-seattle-coliseum-plan-keyarena - a few renderings are next. OVG - Oak View Group has it's own proposal - Here is a link with some info: http://www.sonicsrising.com/2017/4/12/15276142/ovg-releases-their-own-renderings-seattle-arena-keyarena-chris-daniels and a rendering too.
  3. A double piece of history happened in the last couple of weeks. The Seattle Opera has been refurbishing their buildings on the north side of the old Seattle Worlds Fair grounds (now called Seattle Center). They started to demolish one of the oldest buildings on the grounds and what was found shocked us all. A little history first: The old Seattle Civic Auditorium was built in the mid 1920s. Here is what it looked like from an old postcard. Next to this was built another building we call the Mercer Forum, Exposition Building, Civic Ice Arena and Seattle Center Arena. (see it off to the far left on the postcard) In the old days it was called the House of Suds due to the original patron was a tavern owner. This building was originally built to house an ice arena as part of the Civic Auditorium complex constructed between 1925 and 1928. In addition to the connected Civic Arena and Auditorium, the complex included an adjacent 35,000-seat Civic Ballfield with wooden bleachers and a freestanding building, which combined a Field House on the ground floor and a Veteran’s Hall on the upper floor. The site selected was diagonally adjacent to Mercer Playground, developed in 1910 and named for Seattle pioneer Thomas Mercer, who homesteaded in the vicinity. For the Seattle Worlds Fair they built some other buildings along Mercer Street and to make them all have a modern continuous look they bricked around the whole old Civic Auditorium and the Ice Arena. Years have past and iit was where hockey was played, the opera house used it for a while and concerts performed there. I even helped set up tradeshows in the building. It's time had come to be demolished. No one thought there was much history there even a historian who researched it. So, the wreakers came and low and behold there was the whole building left under the brick. Two gargoyles were smashed before anyone could stop things. But with some help from a local TV historian the Opera House is saving the remaining two. Here is an article with video and photos to enjoy. A little history to behold. http://www.king5.com/news/local/seattle/demolition-unearths-gargoyles-historic-architecture-at-seattle-center/426646185 And a Wiki article on the building too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_Arena
  4. Bill - we were talking about this at work the other day. Girls had to wear dresses to school until about 1970 and the workplace was ties and suits until a few years ago. Friday casual has become the standard before we knew what hit us. I have to say THANK Goodness. However, there are those that push even that to the limits. Kind of like us girls rolling our skirts up so we had mini skirts that our parents would never approve of.
  5. 1962 Seattle World's Fair postcards

    Hi - you might want to check out he Seattle Library digital collection. Here is the link http://cdm15015.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15015coll3 I have a bit of a collection of Seattle post cards myself. Used to easy to find at sales but getting scarcer as the years go on.
  6. Kodak pavillion model

    Hi - here you go.. https://gesgenealogy.wordpress.com/ thanx for asking!!
  7. Kodak pavillion model

    oh my goodness. I got really excited because Displaymasters is one of the early acquisitions my company. First the division of Exhibitgroup Giltspur and then GES. See I am also a self appointed historian of my corporation GES. I even have a blog to try and preserve the many companies that helped to form us. Kodak was a long time client of ours. I would die to own that model but 7k is really steep. I mean really steep but it is work of art. You see the design work that goes into building exhibits is beautiful. Not only must it sell itself to the client but it must capture the client for the customer. But isn't' that what WF exhibits were remember for and admired to this day. Thanx guys
  8. So much good Fair fun in one picture

    It is a bit of a change from the 60s & 70s how we dress but guys.... I could not wear pants to school most of my education. Girls wore dresses period!! So the dress code today is just fine for me.
  9. I think this became the Flag Pavilion and hosted many events. Then it was torn down after it out lasted it's temporary life by years and was replaced with Fisher Pavilion. It was a great building and hosted King Tut even, however it wore out and Seattle decided to replace it. Here is some info on the new building from the Seattle Center website. Fisher Pavilion History The Flag Pavilion, the original structure on this site, was built to last only six-months as an exhibition space for the 1962 World's Fair. It actually lasted over 39 years as the home to over fifteen cultural festivals, commercial and public events. During the World's Fair, the facility served as a gathering place for many famous US politicians such as former president Lyndon Johnson, then- Governor Albert Rosellini, Senator John Glenn, and Senator Warren Magnuson
  10. I think we are on to something. I have often thought the medallion was misplaced or repaired wrongly. I bet it was one of the 5 missing ones or found on another stray Century 21 item. The dimensions are 2 7/8" diameter base, the tallest spot is also 2 7/8" and the place where the glass chimney shade went is 1 1/4" tall and 1 1/2" where the shade would have rested. The prongs have spring to hold it in. Makes me wonder if it is a piece of WF memorabilia even. Buyer beware. Thanx everyone... this is an unusual item and I will go do some more research now with these clues.
  11. Hi all - need help in identifying what this thing is. I found it several years ago and over the holidays have been working on an inventory of my WF mini-museum. I think it is time to get some expert help. The guesses have ranged from an ashtray missing pieces, a way to paint fingernails, or candle holder. All seem just wrong! It is missing some medallions or coins so it is really tacky in a mid-century way. Have searched several times for it but no luck. It is an odd duck. Hope you all had a fabulous holiday!!
  12. Bill - that is so exciting. Postcards rock! I need to buy another album since mine have overtaken the ones I have already!!
  13. I am so impressed by the lack of junkie commercial signage. Notice how the major manufactures signs are clean and tidy plus no posters, ads, menus, on anything besides what is on the facades. It makes the look pop.
  14. It was so worth the time I spent looking thru them and when I got to that series I knew I had treasure.
  15. Jim - the city saved all the major.buildings and made a civic center out of the fairgrounds. Some buildings to mention are the Space Needle (of course), the US Science Pavilion, the Food Circus (Armory), the WA St Pavilion (was Coliseum & now Key Arena), the NW Rooms which were Canada, the Art Pavilion which is the Exhibition Hall and the Intl Fountain. Some others have been remodeled or repurposed. See lots still around for us to enjoy and use for festivals, shows and just some green space.
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