An EBay vendor has listed a program from the 1947 World Inventors Exposition. According to ads in The Times, this is where the Tucker automobile had its “premiere public showing.” Bidding on the program starts at $19.95.
I wrote a brief post about the expo for the 1947project in 2005 – here it is:
First-prize winner at the inventors exposition was Stanley Hiller Jr., who developed a helicopter in which two blades on a single shaft rotated in opposite directions, eliminating the need for a tail rotor.
Second-prize winner was Horace Pentecost, another helicopter developer who invented an engine and propeller that could be worn as a backpack.
Fourth prize went to John Pruner and Henry Krohn for a “color symphony machine.”
Third prize? It was awarded to a man named Joe Milan, who dreamed up an automotive accessory. Something he calls disk brakes.
The long-neglected Pan-Pacific burned to the ground in 1989.