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November 15, 2022

36 Stunning Kodachrome Slides of the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair

Expo 58, also known as the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair, was a world’s fair held on the Heysel/Heizel Plateau in Brussels, Belgium, from April 17 to October 19, 1958. It was the first major world’s fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) after World War II.

Water Stairs and Atomium.

Expo 58 was the eleventh world’s fair hosted by Belgium, and the fifth in Brussels, following the fairs in 1888, 1897, 1910 and 1935. In 1953, Belgium won the bid for the next world’s fair, winning out over other European capitals such as Paris and London.

The theme of Expo 58 was “Bilan du monde, pour un monde plus humain” (in English: “Evaluation of the world for a more humane world”), a motto inspired by faith in technical and scientific progress, as well as post-war debates over the ethical use of atomic power. 

More than forty nations took part in Expo 58, with more than forty-five national pavilions, not including those of the Belgian Congo and Belgium itself.

Belgium Square and Reception Hall.

The site is best known for the Atomium, a giant model of a unit cell of an iron crystal (each sphere representing an atom). More than 41 million visitors visited the site, which was opened with a call for world peace and social and economic progress, issued by King Baudouin I. Notable exhibitions include the Philips Pavilion, where "Poème électronique", commissioned specifically for the location, was played back from 425 loudspeakers, placed at specific points as designed by Iannis Xenakis, and Le Corbusier.

The exhibition attracted some 41.5 million visitors, making Expo 58 the second largest World's Fair after the 1900 Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Paris, which attracted 48 million visitors.

On the Overpass (or Passerelle) just inside the main entrance to the Fair.

Looking down from the Overpass (or Passerelle).

Beneath the Overpass (or Passerelle) & the Aerial Tramway Terminus.

Pavilion of Thailand and Passerelle (overhead walkway).

Soviet Pavilion.

Inside the Soviet Pavilion.

Inside the Soviet Pavilion.

Inside the Soviet Pavilion.

Inside the Soviet Pavilion.

Inside the Soviet Pavilion.

Viticulture Display inside the Soviet Pavilion.

American Pavilion.

American Pavilion.

The oculus in the dome of the American Pavilion.

American Pavilion.

Czechoslovakian Pavilion.

Inside the courtyard of the Czechoslovak Pavilion.

Looking towards the steeple of the Vatican Pavilion.

Commerce Pavilion, Benelux Avenue.

Pavilion of Nicaragua.

Pavilion of the United Kingdom.

British Industry Pavilion.

Belgian Congo Mines Pavilion.

The Phillips Pavilion.

West German Pavilion.

Sculpture of The Horse Bayard (by Olivier Strebelle) in front of the Bell Telephone Pavilion.

Glass Industries, Ceramics, and Terracotta Pavilion.

Iranian Pavilion.

Aluminium Pavilion next to Atomium.

The Atomium from the Skyway.

Atomium from Avenue de Belgique.

The Atomium from the Skyway.


Atomium from near the Luxembourg Pavilion.

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