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Bill Cotter, May 7, 2014 in Building the 1964-65 New York World's Fair
Copters on the roof of the Port Authority ?
I guess they were left in primer for erection. Inevitable dings and scratches.
Or maybe yellow was their originally intended color, and they changed their mind.
Lots of interested things in this photo.
For instance, they're about a third of the way installing the gondolas on the Giant Tire, but the ones they HAVE installed are spaced eventually- like at every 5th or 6th mount. I guess they installed one, then rotated, then installed another, etc....but had to keep the overall weight balanced to prevent damage to the structure. Come to think of it, I think I watched a crew set up a ferris wheel at the county fair years ago, and I think that's how they did it.
And of course the Vertol 107 helicopter instead of the Sikorsky S-61 which probably hadn't been delivered yet.
Chrysler is pretty far along- looks like ready to open- maybe even with water already in the moats. We've seen pictures of the "10-story Chrysler rocket" as delivered, and it came in primer too. So they've got their painting completed.
Sinclair is looking good- all the dinos in place. But Lowenbrau has a long way to go.
Over at Shea Stadium, the colorful "confetti" panels haven't been installed yet.
All good catches, Randy. It was the yellow General Foods arches that really caught my eye. I don't know if that's just a primer coat, or if they first tried them in yellow and then changed to white. I bet painting them in place was quite a challenge, so if the yellow was primer, I'm surprised they didn't do the white coat before erecting them.
Since the color is so bright I'm thinking they might have been the original intend color.
Yes, I was thinking that as well. Once in place it may have been too overwhelming.
It looks garish next to Ford. In color theory yellow is not a welcoming color and generally disliked by many people.
Whatever the reason excellent choice to paint them white.
Yeah, I'm agreeing. Sounds very plausible.
It looks as if there are flags on the bridge near Ford. I find that rather strange considering all that needs to be finished.
I remember reading an article in the Times when I was doing research. It expressed dismay over the fact that the
Unisphere was still bathed in spotlights after the Fair had closed in 1965 and demolition had begun. Considering
the financial mess the place was in by that time, it questioned why the corporation wasn't trying to reduce its bills.
My guess is, this is early March '64. Didn't we hear that the Glide-a-Rides and Escorters got delivered in February? And there is more progress on the Cinerama Dome (T&T Pavilion) in this picture than in some February pictures that we have.
No Brass Rail Balloons are inflated yet, but the Brass Rail just this side of the Underground Home looks like it's ready to go.
Diplodocus is not installed yet at the entrance to Dinoland.
No visible snow on the ground.
There was a whale of a lot of work done in the last few weeks.
It's interesting to compare common elements with other slide sets from that spring, pre-opening.
On Construction Worker day (presumably a week or two prior to opening), workmen on ropes are finishing the details on the Cinerama Dome.
In that set from the Jack Sterling radio show, workers are busy like crazy, but..
* the Cinerama Dome looks finished
* Lowenbrau looks about 80% complete
* Diplodocus is installed at the entrance to Dinoland.
So if I had to guess I'd say this picture is from March.
The Construction Worker Day pictures are about 2 weeks prior to opening.
And the Jack Sterling pictures are about 1 week prior to opening.
Just guesses though.
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