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GM Parade of Progress Starts U. S. Tour
Crowds start to gather at the GM Parade of Progress lot in
Miami, FL, at the first showing of the redesigned traveling
exposition. This photograph was taken shortly after the formal
opening. Two of the streamlined 'Futurliners' appear in the
foreground, and are being used for brief science lectures
describing industrial research.
line up for access into the big tent for lecturers and
demonstrations. The Parade of Progress hosted about 24
exhibits which focused on research and engineering
achievements plus some of "tomorrow's"
possibilities. The exhibits consisted of three general types:
lecture demonstrations; synchronized sound-action or animated
exhibits and models; and audience-operated exhibits.
Designed to show how
industrial research and constantly advancing industrial
techniques contribute to the vigor and to the strength of the
nation, a newly designed traveling exposition, as unique in
its way as the Futurama at the New York World's Fair, was
formally opened at Miami, FL, on Feb. 26 by General Motors,
launching a nation-wide tour.
"The permanent defense of America,
both in the immediate future and in succeeding years, is going
to require greater ingenuity and inventiveness, more
dissatisfaction with old and inefficient ways of doing things,
and more real hard work to fully utilize our natural resources
of men, money and materials than ever before," said
Charles F. Kettering, GM Vice-president in charge of research,
in sounding the keynote of the newly designed General Motors
"Parade of Progress."
In launching the new traveling exposition,
which is an out-of-doors show composed of huge "Aer-o-Dome,"
a tent seating 1,500 persons, and 22 streamlined Futurliner
transports and tractor units arranged for public display, Mr.
Kettering expressed his opinion that the hope of America lies
in our belief in research.