Kathy Dockins Collection on the Century 21 Exposition, 1959-1962  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Dockins, Kathy
Kathy Dockins Collection on the Century 21 Exposition
1959-1962 (inclusive)
1 box, (.21 cubic feet)
Collection Number
2010.82 (accession)
Materials from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, including brochures, tourist booklet, souvenir coloring book, photographs, sound recording and Century 21 newspaper
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.


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The collection consists of materials documenting the 1962 Seattle Worlds’ Fair, including brochures, a tourist guide to local dining and accommodations, a souvenir coloring book, a promotional photograph, a souvenir phonograph record and a Century 21 newspaper.

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Over 10 million people attended the Seattle World’s Fair between April 21 and October 21, 1962, including large numbers of proud Northwest residents. Although the serious theme of the fair was science, the grounds were a compelling playground of modern architecture, art, amusements, restaurants and entertainments. Before the fair opened, promoters canvassed the country and press coverage about the upcoming fair appeared in films, magazines and newspapers. Over 2.5 million pieces of promotional materials were distributed in every state. During the fair, tourist and collectible items were marketed by entrepreneurs and companies. Over 50 original songs were written about the fair and recorded on souvenir vinyl discs. Thousands of people planned special vacations to Washington to visit Seattle and attend the Century 21 Exposition.

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Kathy Dockins Collection on the Century 21 Exposition, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 2010.82.5: Paper placemat and cocktail napkin, Century 21 Exposition, America’s Space Age World’s Fair 1962
2 2010.82.6: Phonograph record: Paul Whiteman conducts Rhapsody 21, Sondra Bianca pianist with original music by Toni Mineo
33 1/3 rpm
World’s Fair Records, printed with color photograph of Space Needle and fairgrounds
3 2010.82.7: Official Century 21 coloring book
48 pages
"All About the Seattle World’s Fair," story and pictures by Ross Swift and Bon Godden, Hays Distributing, Inc., Seattle, Washington. Includes facts about the Fair.
4 2010.82.8: Booklet: "Hospitality Log, A Guide to Many Fine Restaurants, Motels and Hotels in the State of Washington"
126 pages
5 2010.82.9a: Brochure: "Berryland, The Northwest’s Gift to You"
Brochure for Berryland Jams, including advertisement and order form. Jams are depicted with Seattle World's Fair logo packaging.
5 2010.82.9b: Brochure: First Annual Pacific Northwest Metals Conference, Benjamin Franklin Hotel
14 pages
1962 June 7-9
6 2010.82.10: Newspaper: Century 21 Countdown, Vol. 1. No. 2
4 pages
1959 Autumn
7 2010.82.11:  Photograph: Row of young women in bathing suits near Coliseum construction site, holding letters which spell "Century 21 World's Fair"
Black and white
Stamped on back, Exclusive Photo by Forde Photographers, Century 21 Exposition, April 21-October 21, 1962

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)
  • Exhibitions--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Souvenirs