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An interesting view from 1969

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This was taken during the 1969 season of "Man and His World".

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The empty area in the foreground was called Bandshell "B". It was the site of the Czechoslovakia pavilion for Expo 67. I thought it was interesting that when they cleared the site they left the glass structure that once held the name of the pavilion. It's an interesting piece and I wonder what became of it.

The removal of the pavilion allowed the photographer to get a view of the Kodak pavilion that would not have been possible in 1967.

Every time I see a shot of the former Great Britain pavilion without the stylized Union Jack I remember how odd it was to see it for the first time when going to Man and His World. It was great to see the building still there but it was just odd somehow. I guess it would be like going to Flushing Meadows and seeing the Unisphere painted like a world globe from a school room, full of colors.

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Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 1978 when they built the Grand-Prix racetrack - it goes right through the pavilion site. For some weird reason , they also kept the staircase of the pavilion, in 1968 (a sort of observation tower!). It stayed there until 1978. It would be located a bit further down of your photo. great shot by the way.

Photos took in spring 1978 :

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Roger

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I just took a good look at your photo Bill and I'm sure that it was taken from the top of the staircase - there is not any other high place from that angle

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Great, that answers a question I was asking myself as to where it was taken from. Odd they left a staircase standing there like that all by itself! Great shots.

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Another view from the odd staircase:

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And another one in the opposite direction, facing towards Italy:

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Here is a pan from your two images Bill!

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Nicely done! Did you do it by hand or use a program?

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Love that green glass sign panel. I hope it survived. Note the three trees next to it in the first photo. The appear to be standing in white bags .... but the root balls seem too small. Are those planted with white collars around their bases? Any thoughts?

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No, the glass sign didn't survive and the 3 trees is an optical illusion - the 3 white cement base are for signage - the trees are in the back

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Hi Bill, thanks, I used Microsoft Ice to stitch them together. It is a free program.

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Great, I'll check it out. Thanks for the info.

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One more view.

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Bill, I've added your third photo to the pan!

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Nice job. I took the liberty of working on the sky and made a few other very minor tweaks. I hope you enjoy this version as much as I enjoyed yours.

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Awesome Bill, I was hoping you could fix it up! Looks great! :-)

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What is the pavilion with the blue roof in front of what had been the pavilion of the former Federal Republic of Germany pavilion. I don't remember it.

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That's the European Communities pavilion. It was actually a mirrored surface and is reflecting the sky color.

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