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Blast from the Past: The 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair!


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Tony J Case

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Posted November 15 2012 - 11:19 PM

So I've been working my way through my mom's old slides and photos, scanning them and cleaning them up, when I found these bad boys in a shoebox under her bed. Some of them, the dyes have faded, leaving a red tint to the slide - I had to turn those black and white - but they still look pretty good for being 50 years old. I love looking at the people in these old shots! Such a different time, that was! This one is a blast not because of the city (which is indeed cool), but because there's no guard rail! That girl is just sitting on the edge of oblivion without a lawsuit waiting in the wings! The last one is my favorite, the couple trying to go their own separate ways. I've got some more if people want to take a further peek. . . .

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Posted November 16 2012 - 06:20 AM

Very nice!  And yes, keep them coming.  Old slides are the greatest thing to discover and scan, and of course there's something especially compelling about World's Fairs.   Last year, at my urging, my uncle dug around and found a couple dozen slides of family and friends that hadn't seen the light of day since the mid-1960s.  They were gorgeous slides, and they also just happened to capture some of the family better than almost any other pictures we'd had.  Priceless.

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Posted November 16 2012 - 06:23 AM

Those are really cool Tony. The question I have is how did they get the shot from ABOVE the space needle? If it's from a plane it is very clear, shooting out a window in a plane is very difficult today, I can't imagine how much worse it would have been in '62...

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Posted November 16 2012 - 06:34 AM

Love these! do post more. I agree about the pleasure of finding old slides. My dad's Kodachrome slides are gorgeous. And I am curious, too: how did your Mom get the shot from above the Space Needle???

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Posted November 16 2012 - 06:35 AM

I think the ones that he converted to B&W, including the space needle overhead shot, were bought at the souvenir stands.  Those were always a large square format, AND they always turned redder than a mofo.  I think every one of those I've come across in recent years has been red.

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Posted November 16 2012 - 07:47 AM

The Kodachrome ones were probably shot by an amateur (there were a couple of crap ones I didn't really bother with), but yeah, that probably is with the case with the B&W ones. They had very nice lettering on them - and it didn't even click that they might be souvenir slides. I'll have to go double check when I get home to see if there's a brand name on them. But sure - I'll post more when I get home. I think I've got 30 or 40 in total (and a batch I haven't scanned yet). ***edit*** Yup, I just checked ebay and found a bunch of the same slides (in the same red-ish condition) for sale - plus some I didn't have! I guess my set is only half complete. (:

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Posted November 16 2012 - 07:59 AM

Haha too cool~ Imagine that, buying slides as a souvenir! What things that we take for granted today will be considered so quaint in 2062!

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Posted November 16 2012 - 08:00 AM

And View-Masters.  Slides, VMs, 8mm films ..... they were everywhere.

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Posted November 16 2012 - 08:14 AM

Actually you can still find View Masters slide reels all over the place - well, beyond the Dora and Spongebob branded reels I mean. I find them all the time in national parks and roadside attractions like the Trees of Mystery, Wall Drug and Graceland. I've been collecting them in my travels over the last 3 or 4 years now - still pretty cool, despite being ancient technology.

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Posted November 16 2012 - 04:47 PM

Here you guys go - batch two of the Worlds Fair. You can just see Elvis wandering around the fairgrounds! The ones of the science center aren't all that interesting, since the building has changed very little in the last 50 years. There's some interactive exhibits in the courtyard, but if I took a picture from that spot tonight, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. These ones are from the Space Needle, obviously. This one is pretty cool - but I've always thought the monorails had this lovely ZeeRust look about them. (Trivia of the day: the monorail from The Simpsons episode was based on these guys) This last one, as near as I can tell, was something called Tommy Bartlett's Water Ski Sky and Stage Show in Memorial Stadium. The white buildings behind them is the Spanish Village - although no actual Spaniards were involved in the exhibit.

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Posted November 17 2012 - 02:56 PM

Very nice, Tony. I scanned some very old family photos my dad discovered after his mother passed away a couple of years ago. It's a lot of fun traveling into the past doing this. Some of his photos were from World War II and earlier.




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