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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy 50th Birthday Seattle Space Needle! Teacup Included!

Happy 50th birthday to the Seattle Space Needle, so much a part of our world here near Seattle, Washington.

For Teacup Thursday, Vintage Thingie Thursday and Share Your Cup Thursday (please see the links at the end of the post), I have a souvenir teacup of the Space Needle from the 1960s that was made in Japan.

I really love souvenir china for that snapshot of special times and places.

The Space Needle was designed as the futuristic icon of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. Although, as is often the case with far thinking, ahead of it's kind designs, the Space Needle was thought by many to have been a waste of money and a terrible design, it has etched it's way into everyone's view of what Seattle is.

 An old postcard from the World's Fair site artist's drawing

The local favorite "Bubbleator" elevator...now a greenhouse in someone's back yard in Ballard, WA, I think...

The monorail that still moves between Seattle Center and the downtown hotel and shopping core. It's fun to ride!

Although the World's Fair is mostly forgotten, several things remain including the buildings that are now the aquarium, Pacific Science Center, the monorail and the area called Seattle Center that now houses the Chihuly Garden Of Glass.

The Chihuly exhibit even rated a shout out on Monday Night Football Seahawks game this week....cool!!!

So Happy 50th Birthday, Space Needle...and many more! Have a wonderful day!

Cake from Jacqui's Cakes

Interesting Space Needle and World's Fair websites:

Main Seattle World's Fair website: HERE

Happy 50th Birthday, Space Needle website:  HERE

I am joining these great blogs:

Teacup Thursday
Vintage Thingie Thursday

Share Your Cup Thursday


  1. I just had to stop by. I grew up in the Seattle area and remember being a very young child when the Worlds Fair was there. I also remember going up the Space Needle with my grandparents during that time. I also rode the bublator many times in the food court area...i have many find memories of the Seattle Center from my childhood. Thanks for bringing backmso many special memories!
    Be blessed, Lorena

  2. I don't have any U S souvenir teacups but I saw one today at the consignment shop.

  3. I was able to visit Seattle and the space needle (as well as the science museum) and ride the monorail about 20 years ago when I attended an NCTM conference. Great memories! Thanks for awakening them!

  4. Your picture of the "Bubbleater" is great it reminds me of a M.C. Escher picture.
    The Chihuly picture reminded me my boyfriend and I need to go to Seattle I love blown glass.
    I've enjoyed my visit look forward to future visits and seeing what you have to share with us.

  5. I really love looking at tea cups like this from different places when I find them at thrift shops. I have a few, not many. Mostly the ones I have are from Colorado. Happy VTT!

  6. The architecture from those older World's Fairs are still fascinating even today! I would love to go back in time to visit the Seattle W.F. (I did attend the NY W.F. in 63-64)
    I love all the history you've shared and that great postcard. Your china is such a great memento :)
    Thanks for sharing and have a great VTT!

  7. I really enjoyed reading all about Seattle's Space Needle. Very interesting post and it is definitely a landmark and world famous. The cup and saucer is pretty nice too.

  8. Glad you shared some facts about the Seattle Space Needle as I have never been there.

  9. Oh, I remember when...I was all of 16! I really loved that old Seattle then. I can still see the needle from my Mom's condo on Queen Anne...she's looking good for 50!

  10. A great share for VTT with special times and remembered. Love the Teacup and plate as well as all the Birthday Celebration information. It is really fun to read about places you've never been, and I've not been to Seattle. Now I'd really love to go. Thanks and Happy VTT.

  11. Wow! Thx for sharing all of this history! I'll be at the nw tea festival soon and will wish it happy anniversary!

  12. such a lovely post. I didn't realize that the needle was 50! I too love souvenir pieces. Visiting you in reply to comments you left on my Pink Saturday post - thanks for the visit and the comments!

  13. Hi Ruth, you teacup is fun like the one I shared a few weeks ago. Who would have thought there would be different Space Needle teacups. How fun.
    Happy fall,

  14. What an interesting post! And I love that space needle tea cup!

  15. Happy Birthday to the Space Needle. Hubby and I visited once while on vacation. Really quite amazing. That cake is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.


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