The organizers of the 1958 World Expo or “Expo 58”, held from 17 April to 19 October 1958 in Brussels, wanted to give a precise meaning to this grandiose event by making it a “balance sheet of the modern world”. This British Pathé footage shows King Baudouin, the royal family and members of the government inaugurating the exhibition. There’s also footage showing the inauguration of the French pavilion by Pierre de Gaulle and cohort of journalists. Enjoy glimpses from different pavilions – American, Canadian, Brazilian, Mexican, Portuguese, Soviet, Norwegian, Argentinean, French. You’ll see views of the famous Atomium in daylight and illuminated, at night.


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