Category: 1940s

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1941

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1941

The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, October 13, 1943

The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, October 13, 1943

The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California, June 12, 1940Sparko…

The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California, June 12, 1940

Sparko was one half of the robot team built by the

Westinghouse Electric Corporation for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. His Partner,

Elektro, was a seven foot, almost 300 pound robotic man who had a vocabulary of 77 words and could walk forward and backward, smoke cigarettes, turn and bow his head, wave and salute, count to ten, blow up balloons, and could differentiate between green and red. J.M. Barnett, engineer at Westinghouse, told that Sparko was modeled after his scottie, Bonnie. After the World’s Fair Elektro and Sparko toured the country, before settling down at

Pacific Ocean Park in Venice, California, in 1957.

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1941

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1941

Mom’s World: Lifestory through beautiful photos of an…

Mom’s World: Lifestory through beautiful photos of an American woman from the late 1940 and early 1950s.

Piccadilly, 1949

Piccadilly, 1949

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1941

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, August 9, 1941

Rapid City Journal, South Dakota, September 1, 1944

Rapid City Journal, South Dakota, September 1, 1944

Oakland Tribune, California, July 28, 1941

Oakland Tribune, California, July 28, 1941

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1942

The Pittsburgh Press, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1942