PAST PRESIDENTS “TALK” IN EXHIBIT (Nov, 1935)

Not too shabby considering Disney’s Hall of Presidents didn’t come out until 1971.

PAST PRESIDENTS “TALK” IN EXHIBIT

Five of our most famous presidents come to life in a unique historical exhibit designed by a New York inventor for display in stores and schools. Under the control of an operator offstage, figures representing Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Grover Cleveland rise in turn and deliver excerpts from some of their most famous speeches. Levers like those in a signal tower raise and seat the figures, and the voices are supplied by sixteen-inch phonograph records and reproduced by loudspeakers hidden behind the stage. Dummy microphones give the exhibit a modern touch, suggesting that these former chief executives might have assembled to take part in a present-day meeting.

3 comments
  1. mrchurchill109 says: August 16, 20074:52 am

    Re: Hall of Presidents in ’71:

    Yes, but the technology goes back further to the World’s Fair in New York that opened in (IIRC) 1964. The figures of Mr. Lincoln and all those irritating puppets from “It’s a Small World” cam out of the World’s Fair and went to the park for reuse.

  2. KHarn says: March 9, 200810:34 am

    “Under the control of an operator offstage, figures representing Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Grover Cleveland rise in turn and deliver excerpts from some of their most famous speeches.”

    Because when we think of great presidents, the first name that comes to mind is “Grover Cleveland”.

  3. cempseykid says: September 27, 200811:17 am

    DEATH TO LINCOLN!

    Sic Semper Tyraniss!

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