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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[The engine to the right is a Corliss steam engine, built ca.1884. The smaller engine on the left is a model of a turbine engine built by Swedish engineer Gustaf Patrik de Laval in 1884. Both the turbine and steam engine pictured here could generate approximately 75 HP of power.]
[The Johnson Motor and Boat exhibit. In this photograph, patrons view the company's display of its Sea-Horse outboard engines.]
[The Johnson Motor and Boat exhibit. On display here was one of the company's latest designs of boats.]
[The Johnson Motor and Boat exhibit.]
[The Pope-Toledo steam-driven automobile. The model pictured here was designed ca. 1900.]
[Trophies awarded for the best outboard motor.]
"A display of small apparatus which includes some new developments, such as the Thyratron speed control for motors, quiet operating motor on sound isolating base, and gear motors, supplemented by models of large equipment represents the apparatus section of the General Electric Company in its exhibit at the Century of Progress."
"Bud Fisher who climbs the high flag poles on the Avenue of Flags at A Century of Progress, gives the crowds there a real thrill when he poises as for a dive to the asphalt 90 feet below him, on the top rung of the Mack fire truck extension ladder. He performs thrilling feats on the ladder daily when not busy with the flags."
"Circuit breakers, new and unusual types of motors, control devices, welding equipment, and electron tube control are some of the products of the apparatus section of the General Electric on exhibit at the Century of Progress. Models of large apparatus are also used extensively."
"This group of students from Purdue University are particularly interested in combustion engines, and came to the World's Fair for first-hand information concerning them, which they are receiving from Tom Britton in the Chevrolet division of the General Motors exhibit."
"To show what makes the wheels go 'round in a steam turbine, General Electric has this full-size 50 horsepower, two-stage turbine and governor, cut away to expose the working parts, in its exhibit at A Century of Progress."
"With a 100-pound weight arranged to be raised by hand, visitors may test their strength and muscular control against that of a motor-driven hydraulic device known as a Thrustor, shown in the General Electric exhibit at the Century of Progress."
"With only small sections of the walls completed, this little building in the General Electric exhibit at a Century of Progress shows how homes are wired for electric service. Even the electric clock is cut in two so that connections may be seen."
"With streams of water pouring on it from every direction, this motor and control equipment in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress demonstrates its suitability for use in many types of plants where water or other liquids are used."
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