From the start—London’s Great Exhibition in 1851—the World’s Fair was a global event for debuting cutting-edge technology. In the centuries since, showcases on this scale have lost some of their standing and grandeur, but the legacy of many innovations introduced at World’s Fairs continues to this day—except for a few that have, fortunately, faded into obscurity.
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