Date: Monday, July 14, 1958
Place: Brussels – World’s Fair
Weather: Sunny – just right
Spent the whole day at the Fair – my sore feet. Sue and I rode in the cable cars, visited these pavilions – Russian: too big, too many big things; Czek: my favorite, especially the toys and the planets containing tiny glass figures; Belgian Congo: films of native dancers; also visited Finland, Israel, and France.
Got lots of post-cards (some for Jim) ($1.40) and three sets of slides of the Fair ($7.00) so I’d be sure they would turn out. Also sent Dad a small model paperweight of the Atomium ($8.00), and a tiny gold one for my charm bracelet ($7.00). Also my spoon ($1.50). Had lunch at Weils.
After supper at the hotel, Judy H and I went to see The Brothers Karamazov ($0.60) in English with French subtitles!
Brussels’ World’s Fair was the first such event to take place after World War II. The Soviet building was made of steel and glass and was the largest of all the pavilions at 269,000 square feet. It was located directly across from the American pavilion, which added to the air of competition between the two nations.
The theme of the USSR’s exhibition was “Peace and Work”. The nation proudly exhibited replicas of Sputniks I and II, boasting its recent technological accomplishments. Overall, the pavilion intended to demonstrate the high level of progress of Soviet society.