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A World's Fair in a Skyscraper

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��THE steel work of a new building which is to house a world's fair now soars high above New York's Great White Way. Two million dol- lars are being expended upon the structure, and by Septem- ber I , war or no war, it will be Opened to visitors. The site is Forty-Second Street, just a few steps east of Broadway. The building will be thirty stories high. Twenty-eight of these stories will be cut up into booths lo X ID ft. in which will be displayed the widest possible variety of goods. Two other stories will be furnished as club rooms. The basement will be given over to exhibits of heavy machinery.

The idea cogies from Irving T. Bush, president of the Bush Terminal Company.

The accompanying drawing is a graphic representation of the structure's architecture, and at the same time indicates, in general, the way the space will be allotted. Jewels and ostrich plumes from Africa, furs from Nome, hats and silks from Paris, rugs from Turkey, paintings from Florence, furni- ture from Michigan, cotton from Alabama, rubber from South America, plows from Massachusetts, tea and spices from Ceylon, laces, toys, hard- ware, shoes, books, gloves, trav- eling bags, umbrellas — every- thing from diamond dust to traction engines will find a place somewhere in this sky- scraper fair building.

The lower floors of the build- ing are described as the "Buy- ers' Club." They are to be furnished with lounging rooms, a buff^et lunch and a bar. The reading room will have among other features, an extensive library of trade catalogs. The exhibitors will have stenograph- ic service at their disposal, ticker tape news and informa- tion on almost every subject.

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