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October 2019
In his speech to  the International Electricity Congress at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi  coined the word “television”.  Thirty- nine years later, another World’s Fair introduced television to the world at large. Early television images were transmitted using a mechanical system, such as a rotating disk with holes in it, or a...
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Work on Lady Liberty began in 1875. Bartholdi enlisted the help of architect and mentor Eugène Viollet-le-Duc  and began fabricating the right arm bearing the torch, as well as the head.  It had been arranged that the French would pay for construction of the statue and Americans would pay for the pedestal.  But not everyone...
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In 1855, a young French sculptor named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi visited Nubian monuments at Abu Simbel in Egypt. He became fascinated by the gigantic colossus figures which guarded the tombs and set about learning how they were constructed. When the Egyptian government expressed their intention to build a lighthouse at the new Suez Canal, Bartholdi...
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The World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition (named for  Christopher Columbus),  was held in Chicago in 1893. Designed as a miniature city, there were fourteen main “great buildings” centered around a giant reflective pool called the Grand Basin. The stucco neoclassical buildings were painted a soft shade of white and bathed in light at night, giving rise...
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