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The World's Fair and Exposition
Information and Reference Guide

1964-65 New York World's Fair




  • 282 facts and trivia nuggets with 66 links to external resources.

  • The World's Fair and Exposition Information and Reference Guide is now on CD.
    11,216 facts and 1,362 web links covering 24 World's Fairs and Expositions.
    Further information can be found here.

  • To Convert Dollar Amounts to the Year 2003: divide the amount by .111



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Statistics (133) Unisphere (25)
Facts and Trivia (124) Resources, Sources, Links (66)
  Books, Printed Material (4)


The following categories are on CD
High Resolution Images (10-12)
more Statistics (?) Religion (101)
more Facts and Trivia (?) State and Federal Buildings (291)
Amusements (273) Commissioned Sculptures (19)
Commercial, Educational, Industrial and Organizational Exhibits (781) World's Fair Commissioned Sculptures (19)
Foreign Buildings (454) Admissions, Fees, Prices (25)
Miscellaneous Buildings
and Structures (63)
Attraction Admissions (194)
Bonus: 1964-65 Timeline (103)






  • Sponsor: US Steel.

  • Location: Federal and State Area. Fountain of the Continents.

  • Designer: Peter Muller-Munk Associates.

  • Landscaping: Gilmore Clarke.

  • Creator: Gilmore D Clarke of New York City.

  • Cost: $2,000,000.

  • Size: 140 feet (12 stories) tall, 120 feet in diameter.

  • Base: 20 feet.

  • Pedestal Construction: Cor-Ten Steel.

  • Stainless Steel: 470 tons.

  • Structural Elements: 500.

  • Reflecting Pool: 310 feet in diameter.

  • Framework: approximately 7,700 feet of Stainless Steel.

  • Bolt Construction: T-1 Steel.

  • Land Masses, Parallels and Meridian Construction: Stainless Steel.

  • Earth Tilt: 23.5 degrees.

  • Orbital Rings (3): 3 tons.

  • The Orbital Rings symbolized the first man-made satellites.

  • Was built on the same "foundation" that supported the Perisphere.

  • Enormous stresses would be put on the structure because the Continents are not evenly distributed. High-speed computers were needed to process the large numbers of mathematical equations necessary for construction. One problem alone required the use of 670 equations processed simultaneously.

  • US Steel funded the construction in exchange for the publicity.

  • The Unisphere had the dimensions of the Earth as viewed from 6000 miles in space.

  • Capitals of prominent nations were illuminated with lights.

  • One additional light was placed at the Caughnawage Indian Reservation (off the St Lawrence River between the US and Canada). This was to honor the 50 Mohawk Indians who built the Unisphere. And without a single injury.

  • Was the World's Largest fabricated structure made with Stainless Steel.

  • St. Lawrence River and Seaway.


Links, Resources, Sources




Resources, Sources - Books


  • Official Guide, New York World's Fair 1964/1965. Time-Life Books. Time Life, Inc. 1964.

  • Official Guide, New York World's Fair 1965. All New for 1965. Time-Life Books. Time Life, Inc. 1965.

  • Official Souvenir Book. New York World's Fair 1964/1965. Time Inc. 1964.

  • Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. The Story of World's Fairs and Expositions. Suzanne Hilton. Westminster Press Books. 1978.



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