Biggest World on Earth


"Biggest World on Earth"

In 1963, United States Steel commissioned a film to be created documenting the design and construction of Unisphere for the Fair. Approximately 15 minutes in length, the actual film is, unfortunately, too long to be presented as a film here. However, the soundtrack transcript and stills from "Biggest World on Earth" provide an excellent documentary of the building of Unisphere.
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Title Frame
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Intro Frame
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1939: The New York World's Fair. 1904: The St. Louis Fair. 1899: The Paris International Exposition. From earliest times Markets and Fairs have been a gathering place where men came, not only to trade, but to exchange ideas. As civilization grew, as communications improved between nations, peoples of the world looked for new ways to display their industrial and cultural accomplishments.
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Crystal Palace Frame
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With the coming of the Industrial Revolution, the Industrial Fair was born. London, 1851. Over this world of squatting stones and twisting streets arose a strange and unbelievable structure: The Crystal Palace. It was built for and became the symbol of the London Exposition of 1851. The first World's Fair.
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Crowds Comming to Fair Frame
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With each succeeding Fair, people came from greater distances.
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Fair Structure Frame
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Fair buildings introduced new materials and daring engineering and architectural concepts; time-keepers of progress.
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Eiffel Tower Construction Frame
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In 1889 there arose over Paris the theme symbol of the Paris International Exposition, the Eiffel Tower ...
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Gustave Eiffel
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... designed by the greatest engineer of his time, Gustave Eiffel. Magician in Iron he was called.
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A masterpiece of structural engineering, it remained a celebrated landmark. A symbol of World's Fairs everywhere.
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Narrator Frame
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Then one day in March, 1963, notables of both France and the United States gathered at Flushing Meadows, New York, for the beginning of construction of UNISPHERE, theme symbol for a new World's Fair.
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Moses Frame
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Robert Moses, President of the New York World's Fair:

"We looked high and low for a challenging symbol for the New York World's Fair of 1964 and 1965. It had to be of the Space Age. It had to reflect the interdependence of men on the planet Earth. And it had to emphasize their achievements and aspirations.

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Moses Frame
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"It had to be the sign ashore for all visitors, dominating Flushing Meadow, and built to remain a permanent feature of the Park, reminding succeeding generations of a pageant of surpassing interest and significance.
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Moses Frame
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"What stronger, more durable and more appropriate metal in the record of American constructive accomplishments could be thought of than stainless steel? And what builder more imaginative and competent than the United States Steel Corporation."
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Eiffel Starts Construction Frame
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In most uncooperative March weather, Rene' Lagrain Eiffel, grandson of the creator of the Eiffel Tower, signaled the start of construction of UNISPHERE.
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The first member to go in place ...
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Pedestal Frame

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... was one section of the USS Cor-Ten Steel pedestal.

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