Sadie Octa Cecil Collection on the Century 21 Exposition, 1962  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Cecil, Sadie Octa, 1888-1982
Sadie Octa Cecil Collection on the Century 21 Exposition
1962 (inclusive)
1 box, (.21 cubic feet)
Collection Number
2010.54 (accession)
Scenic postcards, souvenirs and brochures from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, collected by a visitor touring the Pacific Northwest
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sadie Octa Cecil (1888-1982) visited the Seattle World’s Fair while traveling on a Canadian Rockies and Pacific Northwest bus tour organized by Moore Tours, Inc. She was 74 and a resident of Lexington, North Carolina at the time. The tour originated in Charlotte, North Carolina and ran from June 30 to July 29, 1962, with luxury overnight hotel accommodations across the U.S. and Canada. Along with a visit to the Seattle World’s Fair on June 17-19, tour highlights included Yellowstone National Park, Alberta and British Columbia.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes the Moore Tours bus itinerary, scenic postcards, souvenirs and brochures from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Over 10 million visitors attended the Seattle World’s Fair (Century 21 Exposition) from April 21 to October 21, 1962. Media broadcasts and promotional materials were distributed across the country to advertise the fair, and thousands of individuals and families planned a “trip of a lifetime” to visit the Northwest for the first time and attend the Seattle World’s Fair. Approximately 66% of the World’s Fair visitors were from Washington, Oregon and California, with the rest traveling from other regions and countries.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Sadie Octa Cecil Collection on the Century 21 Exposition, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 2010.54.1: Bus tour itinerary, Moore Tours, Inc.
Itinerary for the Canadian Rockies and Pacific Northwest Tour, June 30-July 29, 1962. Lists overnight stops and hotel for each night
2 2010.54.2: Century 21 themed placemat
Blue and white paper placemat printed with the Century 21 Exposition logo and drawings of Doric Motor Hotel locations in Washington, California, Oregon and British Columbia.
3 2010.54.3: Century 21 Exposition exhibit brochures and company promotional fliers
5 items
International Business Machines (IBM); H.J. Heinz Company; Northwest Institute of Sculpture
4 2010.54.4: Seattle tour brochures;Washington State Ferries San Juan Islands cruise map
Gray Line; Western Sightseeing Tours
5 2010.54.5: Business card for Chas. M. Sturkey, Vice President Public Relations, Century 21 Gas Exhibit, Inc.
Printed on reverse with illustration of Space Needle and text promoting the use of natural gas and the Natural Gas Exhibit at Century 21.
6 2010.54.6: Seattle World’s Fair souvenir postcard packet
The packet includes 7 postcards with color photographs of various fairground scenes.
7 2010.54.7: Seattle World’s Fair postcards
9 postcards
Postcards with color photographs of various fairground scenes
8 2010.54.8: American hotel and travel postcards
17 postcards
Views of scenic locations and hotels

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)
  • Exhibitions--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Northwest, Pacific--Tours
  • Corporate Names :
  • Moore Tours, Inc.
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fliers (Printed matter)
  • Photographic postcards
  • Souvenirs