1962 4¢ Seattle World’s Fair
Issue Date: April 25, 1962
City: Seattle, Washington
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Color: Red and dark blue
The Space Needle is pictured on U.S. #1196, to represent the 1962 World’s Fair held in Seattle, Washington. The Fair, also called the “Century 21 Exposition,” featured the Needle and the Alweg Monorail, which is shown on the stamp.
The Fair was influenced by the Space Race as well as the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States. President John F. Kennedy was supposed to attend the closing ceremony in October 1962, but bowed out, saying he was suffering from a “heavy cold.” In reality, he was dealing with the most sensitive time in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Space Needle was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was completed in 1962. It had an elevation of 605 feet, with an observation deck at 520 feet. It is still in operation today, as is the monorail.