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  1. (The purchase of a brass Unisphere started me down this rabbit hole) I love the Unisphere. She's my grey lady. (If you've got something bad to say about her, try not to do it in front of me). But there's been a lot of misinformation and misconceptions about the three rings that surround her, on television and in print. So what do the three rings represent? Natural History Magazine (published by the American Museum of Natural History) states the three rings, "trace the three paths of John Glenn's Mercury capsule in 1962". The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" states the three rings represent "the orbits of three satellites of that time" In the documentary, "Peace Through Understanding", World's Fair Historian Mark H. Millar states: "The three rings represent the first three satellites that America launched". (This would be: Vanguard 1A, Explorer 1, and Vanguard 1B). And our friend of the modern age, Wikipedia, states the rings are believed to represent the orbits of, "Yuri Gagarin (first man in space), John Glenn (first US astronaut to orbit the earth), and Telstar (first communications satellite)." Other say they represent the first three objects placed in orbit (which would be Sputnik 1, Sputnik 2, and Explorer 1) A USS press release states the rings, "represent the paths of three orbiting satellites". So which is it? Let's go right to the United States Steel documentary of the making of the Unisphere: "The Unisphere, Biggest World on Earth". And the documentary says: Nothing (except the rings weigh three tons) Let's see if some photos can help. If one of the rings represent the orbit of John Glenn's capsule, it can only be one. The top ring (red dot) which passes near the Cape (where Glenn was launched on February 20, 1962) and also crosses Australia (where the US had some ground tracking stations) can only be Glenn's ring. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan (USSR), so that could only leave one orbital ring (red dot) that belongs to him. He reentered the earth's atmosphere after firing his retro rockets over Africa (second photo/3 blue dots). That leaves one ring. Telstar was launched from the Cape Canaveral on July 10, 1962. The third ring (green dots) comes nowhere near the Cape nor the satellite ground tracking station located in Andover, Maine. Gilmore Clarke (the designer of the Unisphere) originally wanted 12 orbital rings (twelve satellites were in orbit at the time of the fair) but this proved impractical and "settled for three symbolic rings" instead. It is unknown if these three rings were Gagarin, Glenn, and Telstar. It is likely that the third ring may have been placed where it is for chiefly aesthetic reasons. Too bad Gilmore isn't around any longer. I've got some questions I'd like to ask. The Unisphere (being the symbol of the Fair), would have a standard and consistent image which would be placed on all products and merchandise associated with it. Correct? Not in a million years. (to be continued?)
  2. Found this on my visual on line tour of the park. I realize why no one every took this photo, or one like it. A Life magazine cover it is not. Well, the earth is two-thirds oceans, isn't it? And who would pose in front of this view? No wonder USS had to calculate why this thing wouldn't roll off the base with high winds. I just never have seen this side of it. (Even though I walked around it) Most photos are North America/South America centric. Which starts me wondering, who determined which way it would face? I know it would have to show a good side to the New York towers.
  3. New member

    Hi. New member just getting started on collecting items from 1964-65 NY World’s Fair. I especially like the Unisphere. Looking forward to leaning more from this community.
  4. Well, I'm not sure this event can quite live up to the promise of the article's headline-- but who doesn't want to see a six foot Lego model of the Unisphere? https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/a-re-creation-of-the-worlds-fair-is-coming-to-queens-this-spring-020718
  5. If you haven't seen it, the motion picture WONDERSTRUCK from Amazon Studios was just released at the end of October. Tonight I watched it on an awards screener-- and in addition to being hauntingly imaginative and deeply emotional, with stunning production design and music-- it's a MUST-SEE for 64 NYWF buffs. Not only are there cameos by the Unisphere, and New York State Pavilion-- but the film beautifully features the New York City Panorama in the Queens Museum. The crew was clearly given unprecedented access – and you will see the Panorama as you have never seen it before. Here's a trailer if you're interested. I really can't recommend this movie highly enough. WONDERSTRUCK 2017 Trailer
  6. NY 1960s fashion photos

    About halfway through this gallery is a shot of a woman in a leopard print bikini standing on upper level NYSP with Unisphere visible in background. Caption mentions a Fulton Cnty event. I post it because you never know what mystery solving data may incidentally be visible. The rest of the photos are views of celebs and other period NYC scenes. This Mad Men hype is renewing interest in the era. Costumed pub crawls through swank MM locations are offered for $150. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/fashion/york-city-fashion-1960s-gallery-1.1049880?pmSlide=1
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