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#1 worldsfairent

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:31 PM

122 years ago today, the great 1889 Exposition Universelle opened its gates-- and wondrous multitudes have been passing under the mighty Eiffel Tower's arches ever since.

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#2 Glen Schultzberg

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:43 PM

Oh. I thought you were going to say that 122 years ago today...Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play! Just kidding. Sorry, I couldn't resist! ;)

It still amazes me to think that something as universally well-known and famous as the Eiffel Tower was the centerpiece of a World's Fair (or two)!
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:19 AM

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#4 Doug Seed

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 12:27 PM

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 03:04 PM

125!

 

http://news.national...er-engineering/

 

 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 07:02 PM

I'm not one to question Nat Geo's research however . . . the photo which is said to be from 1914 shows all the 1889 or 1900 World's Fair buildings intact.  Did they remain in place until 1914?  The photo which is claimed to be from July 1936 would place it just months from the opening of the 1937 Arts et Techniques Exhibition so there would have been lots of construction going on in the photo.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 07:24 AM

Both good questions, expo boy.  Hmm...



#8 Sheri C

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 12:58 PM

I am a Francophile to the core and wanted to toss in my 2 centimes. The Eiffel Tower was also the centerpiece for the 1989 Bicentennial summer. I spent it in Paris, having exchanged my apartment within someone I knew in the 16th arroundissment. While the festivities celebrated the 1789 revolution, it all took place under the shadow of the Tower. She was the #1 exhibition, not Place de la Concorde or any other bloody 1789 location.

 

On August 26, 1989 (commemorating Aug 10, 1789, an equally famous date for the French) I stood under the wire that extended across the Seine from La Trocadero to the Tower; Phillipe Petit (that audacious rascal who walked between the Twin Towers back in the 1990s) walked the wire while reading out loud in its entirety from that document: Les Droits des Hommes. Estimates were close to 1/2 million people craning their necks to see him. We could hear him just fine with the amplification system. Of course a half million people holding their breath at the same time made it easy to hear him. Still, our hearts were pumping loudly and fast.

 

I will say this that the French don't demolish anything. Now, I realize that's an absolute and someone will come up with something that has been torn down...but they wait a looooooong time before they do that sort of thing. 1936 was the ego-competing year for the French represented in Hitler's eugenic Olympics. Why remove any integral structures that surrounded the jeweled Tower?

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