Monday, May 5, 2014

Artifacts of Expo '74

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

After 40 years, many of the salt shakers, postcards and photos of Expo ’74 have disappeared into assorted boxes of knick-knacks or the trash. But some of the items have survived as collectibles or family heirlooms, and they serve as tangible reminders of what it was like when Spokane hosted a world’s fair.

A special thanks to John Waite, Karen Mobley and Jen Forsyth for letting us photograph items they’ve collected. Look for more, as well as featured artists whose work was displayed at the fair, at the upcoming Chase Gallery show opening July 9.

click to enlarge A world's fair booklet with information about Expo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A world's fair booklet with information about Expo.
click to enlarge A commemorative plate featuring Expo attractions. It cost $1.95, according to the Expo price tag still on the back. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A commemorative plate featuring Expo attractions. It cost $1.95, according to the Expo price tag still on the back.
click to enlarge An Expo pennant. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • An Expo pennant.
click to enlarge A world's fair collectible stamp booklet. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A world's fair collectible stamp booklet.
click to enlarge Detail of the stamps for each nation. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Detail of the stamps for each nation.
click to enlarge A World Festival of Entertainment booklet. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A World Festival of Entertainment booklet.
click to enlarge A commemorative plate. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A commemorative plate.
click to enlarge A Kodak guide for taking photos at Expo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A Kodak guide for taking photos at Expo.
click to enlarge Souvenir chopsticks from the Korea pavilion. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Souvenir chopsticks from the Korea pavilion.
click to enlarge Postcards from Expo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Postcards from Expo.
click to enlarge A Hughes Airwest airline pin. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A Hughes Airwest airline pin.
click to enlarge A book of Expo postcards. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A book of Expo postcards.
click to enlarge A USSR pin featuring a tiny hammer and sickle. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A USSR pin featuring a tiny hammer and sickle.
click to enlarge A booklet about Taiwan at the fair. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A booklet about Taiwan at the fair.
click to enlarge A program about Canadian artist Bill Reid, whose work was displayed at Canada Island. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A program about Canadian artist Bill Reid, whose work was displayed at Canada Island.
click to enlarge The flag signed by President Richard Nixon, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and many other celebrities who visited the fair. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The flag signed by President Richard Nixon, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and many other celebrities who visited the fair.
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