It's time to go back 73 years in time to 1939 and the New York World's Fair!
For those of you who were curious (Hannahx2!), here's what the robot (named Electro, and seen here with his dog Sparko) looked like!
The entrance to the "Electric Utilities Exhibit Corporation" involved a dramatic walk through a waterfall. To the left you can see the base of the 150-foot transmission tower. The main exhibit was a show with a live cast, showing "The Forward March of America". "Life with and without electricity is contrasted in two actual streets. Time moves backward to a street of 1892... portraying the life of the era. Then time spans the years to a modern street, showing how electricity has contributed to the tremendous progress made in the past 50 years."
The huge stainless steel lightning bolt in front of the General Electric building represents "... the taming of the savage natural forces of electricity to serve the needs of men." One exhibit showed man-made lightning, 10 million volts arcing over 30 feet. Inside the "House of Magic", you would see a solar-powered motor, "great whirling discs, synchronized with light", and a "metal carpet floating in space" (whatever that means!). There was also a huge mural by Rockwell Kent, and a complete television studio. Television in 1939, wow!
And finally, the obligatory shot of the Trylon and Perishpere. The Unisphere from the 1964 World's Fair was built on the site of the Perisphere!
Stay tuned for more...