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    1. 1851, London, England - The Great Exhibition

      The Great Exhibition was held in Hyde Park, London, England from May 1 to October 11, 1851 and is considered the first world's fair. It took place in the Crystal Palace designed by Joseph Paxton.

    2. 1889, Paris, France - Universal Exposition of 1889

      The Exposition Universelle de 1889 was a World's Fair held in Paris, France from May 6, to October 31, 1889. Remembered most for the Eiffel Tower.

    3. 1893, Chicago, United States - World's Columbian Exposition

      The World's Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois, United States from May 1 to October 31, 1893. It celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.

    4. 1904, Saint Louis, United States - Louisiana Purchase Exposition

      The Louisiana Purchase Exposition was held in the St. Louis, Missouri, United States from May 1 to October 31, 1904. The Fair celebrated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

    5. 1915, San Francisco, United States - Panama-Pacific International Exposition

      Staged to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, and drawing over 19 million visitors in only nine months, the Pan-Pacific International Expo rose like a literal jewel from the ashes of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

    6. 1933-34, Chicago, United States - A Century of Progress International Exposition

      A Century of Progress International Exposition was held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".

    7. 1939-40, New York, United States - The 1939-40 New York World's Fair

      The 1939-40 New York World's Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, was one of the largest world's fairs of all time. The fair ran for two seasons and over 44 million people attended.

    8. 1939-40, San Francisco, United States - Golden Gate International Exposition

      The Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco, California to celebrate the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. The exposition's first season ran from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and its second season was from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940.

    9. 1958, Brussels, Belgium - Expo '58

      Expo 58 was held in Brussels, Belgium from April 17 to October 19. It was the first major World's Fair after World War II.

    10. 1964-65, New York, United States - The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

      The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair, located on the current site of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The fair ran for two seasons and took place without sanctioning from the Bureau of International Expositions.

    11. 1967, Montreal, Canada - Expo 67

      Expo 67 was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating.

    12. 1970, Osaka, Japan - Expo '70

      Expo '70 was held in Osaka, Japan from March 15 and September 13, 1970. This was the first World's Fair held in Japan, 77 countries participated and over 64 million visitors attended.

    13. 2010, Shanghai, China - Expo 2010

      World Expo Shanghai 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China from May 1 to October 31. Its theme is "Better City, Better Life."

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    • The Unisphere
      By JonasClark · Posted
      The LAX building, if it used to contain a turntable, either did not when the "Encounter" theme was added, or the Disney team removed it. Either way, "Encounter" (now closed) was a really good spot-- amazing decor and design, and food that was, while high-priced, actually quite good. The reason the Space Needle or revolving restaurant tech wouldn't work for the Unisphere is easy to describe. There is a misconception, even depicted in drawings in several ads for the '62 Fair, that the entire thing turns-- the whole saucer goes around. Or, at least, the middle section does. As with all revolving restaurants, there is a ring-shaped, flat turntable inside; this turntable moves, but the walls, windows, ceiling and core do not. The ring rests on guide wheels all the way around. And yes, it takes a very small motor to turn one of these when it's well-balanced; the Space Needle turntable can be rotated by hand when the motor isn't running! It's relatively easy - in fact, I'd say, vastly easier - to balance a very wide rotating device. The best way to have made the Unisphere rotate would have been to built it on the tripod, which is a very stable support, then place that tripod at the precise center of a very large turntable, run on wheels at both edges and near the middle. To do this with fountains, a solid approach would have been to use a wider tripod so as to allow making the tripod's base taller. Then, recess the turntable below-grade in a mechanical room, and cantilever the pool over it from all sides, supported only at the outer edge, with an opening, with a low wall around it, at the center, where the tripod extends up and out. Last, add a mushroom cap just below the prongs of the tripod, overhanging the wall of the opening, to prevent water from entering. Here's a quick sketch diagram. The pool & fountains cantilever over the room below, on which the turntable (blue) revolves on wheels (red), turning the entire tripod (green). A shade or cover (brown) turns with the tripod and keeps out rain & drifting spray. Done at the correct speed, it would not have needed the same arrangement of lighting towers to create the illusion of day and night-- they'd only have to be facing one side of the globe, and would directly imitate the sun as the earth turns.
    • RCA and Gotham Plaza - High-res
      By Bill Cotter · Posted
      Also a guy eating a waffle, spotted his picture in one of our books.
    • RCA and Gotham Plaza - High-res
      By waynebretl · Posted
      I was hoping someone would say they found themselves in this picture!  I don't think that has happened much - the Bel-Gem waffle-eating girls that Bill Cotter posted; and wasn't there also a Greyhound hostess who identified herself?
    • RCA and Gotham Plaza - High-res
      By Ned Merrill · Posted
      I've been looking closely at all of the people in this photo, and I started thinking about how they were all completely oblivious about the fact that someone was photographing them.  Then I started to wonder about how many photo albums --of complete strangers--my own image is in?  For example, when I was 10 years old, and went to Washington CD on a family trip, I bet there is little 10 year old Ned, in the background of a photo, maybe even a sharp image of my face, in someone's photo album, sitting on someone's bookshelf, a complete stranger.  Maybe half a world away. 
    • New York State Pavilion VIP Level
      By Ned Merrill · Posted
      Bravo!  Excellent work! 
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