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September 2019
The Paris International Exposition of 1889 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The theme, “The French Revolution”, was possibly meant to be twofold: commemorating the past while trumpeting France’s “revolutionary” industrial prowess to the world.  However, the theme choice raised eyebrows among some European monarchs. There was a notable increase in...
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The last Expo of  the 20th century,  the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition, was a  specialized World’s Fair held in Portugal’s capitol city. The theme, “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future”, was chosen in part to commemorate 500 years of Portuguese exploration and discovery.  The Oceans building was one of several pavilions showcasing that theme. ...
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World Expos are officially sanctioned by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris. The first official World’s Fair in the United States was the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876. It was held in Philadelphia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The theme was Arts, Manufactures and Products...
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In my last post I briefly mentioned the Seattle World’s Fair of 1962, officially named the Century 21 Exposition.  Expos have always had a tendency to look toward the future. But the theme of “Man in the Space Age” was conceived as a rebuttal to the Soviet Union. By launching Sputnik in 1957, they were...
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When my parents announced their plans to visit Expo 86 in Vancouver BC, I was intrigued. Being a child of the Pacific Northwest, I grew up knowing about the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and the Space Needle that was its legacy.  I became curious about what the Vancouver fair would have to offer. What I...
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