Artifacts of Expo '74

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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.

A world's fair booklet with information about Expo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A world's fair booklet with information about Expo.
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.
An Expo pennant. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • An Expo pennant.
A world's fair collectible stamp booklet. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A world's fair collectible stamp booklet.
Detail of the stamps for each nation. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Detail of the stamps for each nation.
A World Festival of Entertainment booklet. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A World Festival of Entertainment booklet.
A commemorative plate. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A commemorative plate.
A Kodak guide for taking photos at Expo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A Kodak guide for taking photos at Expo.
Souvenir chopsticks from the Korea pavilion. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Souvenir chopsticks from the Korea pavilion.
Postcards from Expo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Postcards from Expo.
A Hughes Airwest airline pin. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A Hughes Airwest airline pin.
A book of Expo postcards. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A book of Expo postcards.
A USSR pin featuring a tiny hammer and sickle. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A USSR pin featuring a tiny hammer and sickle.
A booklet about Taiwan at the fair. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • A booklet about Taiwan at the fair.
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.
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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