Postcards from the 1962 Seattle World's Fair
About the World's Fair postcards collection
The 1962 World's Fair brought people from across the world to Seattle. The collection presented below consists of postcards that visitors to Seattle sent back home to family and friends across the United States.
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Postcard collection courtesy of Knute Berger
Greetings to you and our many friends there at the Sumarkand.
Finally was able to get over to the Fair for a few hours last evening. One needs a “brain-stretcher” in some of the buildings!
To Santa Barbara, CA
Art—We finally made it to eat up here. Had to wash a powerful lot of dishes to pay for it—but it was fun. Drove down some hair curling roads to L.A. Beautiful trip but have had my share of mts. taking 66 home.
To Fort Wayne, IN
Having a grand time. The fair is fabulous. Don’t believe the rumors. You don’t need reservations for rooms & things are their normal prices. Having lunch in the needle tomorrow. Leaving for Canada & San Juan Islands Monday. Saw Cosmonaut Titov at the fair.
Gene & Mary
To Whittier, CA
Leaving here today. Going to Yosemite Fri. Has been lovely here and we have enjoyed it. Hope you are having a good trip. Will write letter later. This is for you girls too Jackie & Sandy.
Love, Nira & Mac
To Sutherlin, OR
Dear Mom & Don,
I’m standing in line waiting to see the “Friendship 7” in the Nasa Exhibit. It’s 1:30 right now. Sat. night we went up in the Space Needle. This cake is in the Food Circus where we ate. I’m (was) staying with Irma Henry, Zola’s cousin (I think). I’m going home this evening because I have to be back at 8:00 for a CYO meeting. I went through the Science Exhibit & waited ½ hour. Sometimes you have to wait for 1 hour or more. Send more later.
To Mount Airy, MD
Sunday June 10?, ‘62
Look familiar? I went through the Science Pav. for the 2nd time today--had to go back & read the fine print. Also ate so many French pastries—fell in love with a charming Frenchman--oh, la la!!! Right now it’s 10:30 and Corey and I are in the food pav., having smorgasbord & Chinese food & baked apple—why do I love to eat?
See you Weds.
To Walla Walla, WA
Dear Jessie & Buck
Went to the Fair today & rode the Monorail. It was really a smooth ride. We didn’t get to go up in the Needle—such a crowd of people waiting there. Although it was sunny & clear in Seattle today, it was chilly; a cold breeze blew in from the ocean all day. We really miss the Colorado sunshine.
Cody & Eva
To Fort Collins, CO
Didn’t have time to write while in Seattle. Went to the Fair one day. Went up in the Space Needle also rode the Monorail. Another day went to see Mt. Rainier of course we couldn’t go to the peak but ate our lunch 6400 ft. up the side of the mountain. It is 14410 ft. Was so worn out when we came to Denver last week was ill for a few days. We are anxious to come home but the wedding won’t be until the 18th.
To Elkhart, IN
June 13, Bremerton Wash.
Here we are at the fair—most spectacular exhibition.
4 of us left home June 2. Have been to Calgary, Banff & Lake Louise. After we leave the fair we are going to Victoria B.C. which they say is as English as Essex. They tell me Charlie was married recently.
Do come to Marshall soon—
To St. Louis, MO
Well this is it, will be starting back now, have been travelling for 22 days.
To Waynesboro, PA
Hi you guys!
Man, they can give Seattle back to the Indians! It’s so crowded and boy are things high. We’re really seeing some amazing sights. By the way, it’s 9:30 & is just barely dark.
Cara & Buddy
To Corsicana, TX
Sat.-Aug. 18, 1962
Have had rain on & off since Thurs. morning. Really got a full day of it after arriving in Canada. Got to ride in the Space Needle Fri. morning. Rainy & cold on top but could still see. Will spend Sun in Vancouver & then go over to Victoria. Enjoying….though.
To Los Angeles, CA
We’ve been to World’s Fair & are now seeing the beautiful & green countryside in Washington & Oregon. Fair had record Day when we were there 70,000 but was interesting. On to Yuba City & San Francisco-Hello to your family,
To Sierra Madre, CA
Had a lovely time at the Fair & now on our way by ferry to Victoria, B.C., Canada, for one day & then home via Oregon Coast—Hope you have had good weather & fine visits with all the family.
Love K & Philip
To Tahoe Valley, CA
Greetings from (Disneyland) the fair. Just returned from our first visit here. It only took us a week to get here—couldn’t resist a few museum stops. Mark is behaving very well—he liked the hot dogs & popcorn “exhibit” best of all.
To Los Angeles, CA
Marion (my sister) came with me at last much to my joy. So we are here in this enchanting place. There is much noise but a great deal of beauty. Visited the Library 21 and the UNIVAC, one of the most interesting spots of all. Fine arts was beautiful. Much science. Wish you could have come too.
Love Emma R.
To Greenfield, MA
Just had lunch in the Space Needle. Will be leaving for Margie’s this afternoon. Talked to her this morning we are ahead of schedule. Hope everything OK in K.C.
To Kansas City, MO
Fri. July 13, 1962 (now in Kellogg, Idaho)
Hi Mike, I think what you see in these pictures is sufficient in seeing the fair, and costs a lot less too. Everything is one long wait & you know me when it comes to waiting! But I’m enjoying almost everything else, especially the fact that we officially started east today and John might possibly try to make it home for Ag’s wedding. I sure hope so! How’s your summer? Fine I hope, as I hope business is also. See you soon.
To Charlemont, MA
Here we are in Space Needle. Fair wonderful. See the space needle stamp on this card.
To Lafayette, CA
This is where we had dinner Monday; Mexican dinner. We expect to start back home Tue morning.
Lana H & Dick
To Sunderland, MA
Having wonderful trip so far. Flight was 1st class due to a quirk of fate & Gerry got reservations for breakfast on the Needle—saving us so many hrs of needless waiting. She is so happy & we like Don very much. Weather beautiful & we take off for Canada in AM.
Love Pearl & Elmer
To Chicago, IL
Having a wonderful time. Ate dinner at the top of the Space Needle today.
To Hershey, PA
Needless to say we are all having a wonderful time. Had a good trip, arrived Thurs. night. Different groups of us have been to the fair twice. Right now we’re on the beach at Puget Sound (sat & water) while the kids pick up smelly treasures!
Love from all the…
To Indianapolis, IN
We arrived in Seattle yesterday. We are camping in a State Park 18 miles south. We are at the fair today. We are going to the coast tomorrow.
Mum & Dad
To Caledonia, ON, Canada
What a trip.
Breakfast in Riverside and dinner in Seattle. Nothing like it.
See you soon
Howard & Jeanne
To Riverside, East Providence, RI
Maple Valley, Wash.
We are just outside of Seattle for a week. Came here from the Hood Canal where we spent three weeks. May take in the fair. Wednesday some friends are going with us up on Mt. Rainier. Next Saturday we go to Pendleton, Ore. for at least one week and take in the Roundup.
J & C
To Jamestown, NY
Having a wonderful time. Saw needle when pulling into station. Will see Fair tomorrow.
To Pasadena, CA
Send us some longies. Gee but it is cold and rainy. Took a trip on the monorail but didn’t go into the grounds. Doesn’t look like much but a carnival to me. Want nothing to do with that space needle.
To Oakesdale, WA
Well here we are in Montana on our way home. I think it will take us 2 weeks to recuperate. I hope it isn’t hot @ home. It was 48 in Seattle yesterday and had been colder.
To Columbus, OH
Hello Dawn & John & Boys,
Having a ball. Got to go up into the space needle. Gee it was fun. The girls are having a ball also. We have already gone camping for….But it rained almost every day. And we like to have frozen to death. But the weather is getting a lot warmer. See you real soon.
To El Sobrante, CA
Surprise! As you can see I’m not fooling around much & am trying to make it a special year. Four hrs by jet & arrived Sat. for 7 days. Land & water tours interesting. Nice view of the Olympic Range. Weather very comfortable. Easy to get around. Must take a bus to the fair tho. Long line for the Space Needle. Don’t know if I’ll make it. Had my dinner down by the pier tonite—to be different. I’m not telling the girls at work. None of their business.
To Chicago, IL
P.S. We just got to Canada.
Went up the Space Needle today and saw about everything there is to see at the Fair. Tomorrow we are going to Canada for a couple of days. Hope you are having fun (I know you are!!)
To Lafayette, CA
We’re up in the darned thing!! Only had to wait an hour and a half in line. People who eat in the restaurant have to wait 3 hrs. Families have a great system—one holds the place in line and others dropout for food and to go to the bathroom. It’s like a marathon. Some even go and sit on a bench for awhile! You’d love it all.
Helen & Steve
To Greenfield, MA
Hi everyone! Arrived at my sis’s 51st yesterday—freeway up to Portland but traffic bad coming into Seattle. Dick raved! Had dinner with Mr. Sally & his wife & family & Ann. Saw Ann’s boys & family last nite. Now my sis & I waiting in line to see House of Tomorrow. Dick won’t wait in line so won’t see much! Good exhibit’s popular! Had lunch at Food Circus…[can’t decipher]. Need a week to see everything.
Best to all—
Love Mary & Dick
To Los Angeles, CA
June 1, 1962
I am still on the go ever since Nov. 16, 1961. Have had a wonderful time. I am ready to call quit. Next stop San Francisco then Utah—for a few days to pack. I expect to be in NYC June 20. The Fair very lovely & well attended. I do hope you are well. Also your sister. I’ll keep you posted.
To Pacific Grove, CA
Sat Aug 4
Haven’t been near office so didn’t get to send you the wire. It only took us 45 mins to get up on the observation platform of the space needle. I enjoyed the Hawaiian show the most. The other shows were for adults only so we didn’t go. We sure made the rounds the first day. On our way to Glacier Park now.
To Kansas City, MO
July 2, Auburn Washington.
We are parked here in our trailer. If you can imagine 90 acres of trailers. All Airstreams. We came up here for the Airstream Rally which began Sat. June 30 will disband the 5th. We went to the fair last Thurs. It was real good. Have had some rain and real cool weather. We have had the heat on morning & evening. We left home the 18th of June. Will be home about the 1st of Aug. Needless to say Herman is taking pictures & so am I. Will go on to Glacier, Canada, & Yellow Stone.
Love Mary & Herman.
To Long Beach, CA
Took in the fair today, wonderful place, but man the people. Going to Vancouver B.C. tomorrow & then on to Lake Louise Canada. Having a good trip, truck & trailer going along fine. See you in a couple of weeks.
Art & Family
To Garden Grove, CA
25 June 1962
Dear Arnold & Rose
Well here I am up in the Space Needle. Very nice but it turned cold this afternoon, it’s 61 and windy. We took a nice trip up to Victoria B.C. and made the loop. When you come up let’s all eat up here. Save your money, $5 minimum & up. Bring some summer & winter clothes along.
See you soon
To Hawthorne, CA
The monorail is really neat. It seems like you’re kind of flying through the air. We’re going to drive little cars tomorrow.
To Lewiston, ID
Monday AM out at 5:15 breakfast at 6:00—yesterday at Fair, now leaving for Victoria by boat. Today it is cloudy—64.
To Dillsburg, PA
Dear Mary—Here I am at the fair, having breakfast on top of this space needle. Having a great time but not much rest. I expect to be back in Portland next week. Hope Ukiah isn’t too hot, it is very hot up here. Hope all is well with you—
Much love Theresa