Sunday, March 6, 2011

A Bit O History

History was my absolute, hands-down, least favorite subject in school. Even worse than math. I hated memorizing all of those dates, and I failed to see anything interesting or worthwhile in all of those droning lessons. Maybe I just didn't have good history teachers. In any case, my appreciation for some aspects of history has matured, and I have my love of vintage to thank for that!
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A good example is this mid-century looking ashtray or dish that I found while thrifting last week. I fell in love with the shape and colors, and of course seeing that "67" piqued my interest. I brought it home, cranked up the ole google, and learned that Expo 67 was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century. It was originally intended to be held in Moscow, but the Soviets cancelled and Montreal was awarded the gig in 1962. 62 Nations participated, and it set the single-day attendance record for a world's fair at 569,000 visitors.
{thank you, wikipedia}
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This little remnant of Canadian and World's Fair history can be found in sosovintage soon!

1 comment:

Clara said...

Well, I remember Expo and all of the excitement over it. When I was a kid there was a school trip but I did not have the funds to go but lots of friends did. I did climb up on a pavillion later on in life that was kept for the Exhibition Grounds fair (CNE or Canadian National Exhibition)and looked down and froze...my brother had to talk me down. That is a good find.