In Groups of Thirty
Those Fairgoers entering The
Travelers pavilion will line up in the building's "neck"
where attendants at a gate will control the flow of people into
the exhibit area. A group of not more than 30 will enter the
first floor area of the exhibit every 75-seconds. In this 60-foot
curved passageway, visitors will see a three-dimensional display
showing life under water at it existed more than a billion and
a half years ago.
The moderator at this time will
explain the slow evolution of these early sea creatures to the
point where some, after millions of years had elapsed, became
oxygen breathers and took up a new life on land. This later resulted
in the age of reptiles, followed by dinosaurs, and eventually
the arrival of the first primates some 75 million years ago.
It is at this point where visitors
are taken up an escalator to the spot where they will view the
first of 13 tableaux. This shows early man in East Africa some
million and a half years ago, where he is using the most primitive
type of stone artifact.
Once the recorded voice of the
moderator completes its explanation of the significance in man's
development shown in the first scene, viewers are guided by both
sound and light to the second stage, then the third, and so on.
Each diorama contains life-sized models of men and animals, and
each is constructed so as to give viewers the feeling they are
actually a part of the scene.
Exhibit Requires Half Hour
Each stage area has its own individual
lighting and sound control, with a master control for the over-all
sequence. The exhibit is designed so that about 30 seconds are
allowed for movement from one stage to the next. Something less
than a half hour will be required to see the entire exhibit.
As visitor descends by escalator
from the second floor exhibit area, the moderator points out
that dangers and hazards have been part of man's life from the
very beginning, and that while man tries to live in safety, he
must recognize that the future is never certain nor free from
At this point visitors are told
of the Company's 100th anniversary and made aware of the role
it has played in helping Americans over the past century to overcome
dangers of all types. They are then invited to join those who
are already being protected under The Travelers umbrella of insurance