French Premier Debre - accompanied by several Government Ministers - inaugurated "Electrama" - first large electrical exhibition in Paris for seventy-eight years - on June 11.
GV Interior of Palais.
SV M.Debre walks round.
CU M.Debre inspects.
GV Radar aerial.
SIDE V..Sign "Electrama"
LV Train carriage in the Palais.
GV Part of the Palais.
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Background: French Premier Debre - accompanied by several Government Ministers - inaugurated "Electrama" - first large electrical exhibition in Paris for seventy-eight years - on June 11.
An outstanding attraction of the show - held at the Palais de la Defense - is "Page" (short for "Pegase"), a swimming-pool-type atomic pile which the public can see in action - the first installation of its kind to be shown in operation to the French public. The fuel elements of "Peg" are visible to spectators through the water, in which they are submerged, and the partly transparent walls of the pile.
A transmitting aerial capable of sending four thousand telephone message simultaneously over a distance of four hundred kilometres - which will shortly link Paris with part of provincial France - is another notable exhibit.
There is also a pretonic microscope, an electro-erosion machine for shaping hard metals - its full possibilities are as yet not known - and a telescope with which you could photograph from Paris a candle flame in New York - if the world were not round!
Reason given for the long interval between "Electrama" and the first Paris electrical exhibition in 1881 is lack of resources and of suitable buildings.