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#1 Bill Cotter

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:12 AM

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October 1965



#2 waynebretl

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:32 PM

Beautiful fall day!



#3 JOHNNY AT THE FAIR

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:19 PM

Good shot of the stairs from the column to the roof.

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 07:56 PM

Yes, I meant to point them out. Thanks for mentioning them.



#5 Ned Merrill

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:47 PM

Forgive the silly question, but I was wondering....if the main NYS building is a "tent" ("Tent of Tomorrow"), then what are these observation towers supposed to be? Just highly stylized observation towers?

Forgive me in advance for asking a silly question, but I always thought the observation towers were interesting, unique, and beautiful...but are they supposed to represent "something else" in highly abstract form?



#6 Mike Kraus

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 08:41 PM

Towers of Tomorrow, Ned!  ;)



#7 Bill Cotter

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:51 PM

Hopefully, like this photo from 1965, things are looking up for the pavilion with all of the renewed interest!

 

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#8 Doug Seed

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 08:10 AM

Didn't Governor Rockefeller insisted that NYS have the tallest structure at the Fair?  My guess is it started as a single observation tower, then Philip Johnson added the almost-never-used middle level merely as a design element, then the lower, VIP level as a function of PR and usability for the politicians.  Just my guess.



#9 Bill Cotter

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:51 PM

The NYSP was indeed the tallest pavilion - and that made for some wonderful shots, like this one from 1965.

 

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There's a large crowd watching a drill team near the Unisphere. Just look at all the folks having fun...



#10 Bill Cotter

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 07:40 PM

Looking now a bit to the left...

 

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 07:58 PM

And looking down, we see a marching band entering the Tent of Tomorrow.

 

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#12 Mike Kraus

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 10:28 AM

What's that thingamajig between the first two blue globes, lower left?



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 10:38 AM

A spotlight pointing up to illuminate the underside of the tower.



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Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:32 PM

Later that afternoon.

 

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#15 Doug Seed

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 04:07 PM

Uplighting, Mike.

That shot gives us an awesome look at the roof of a tower and the catwalk at the top of a column.  Now that I look at that catwalk, what's it for?  I doesn't seem to connect to the tent.  Neat view of the marching band!






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