K8RT   
JACK WEEKS
1210 E HANLEY RD
MANSFIELD OH 44903

Contact me at: k8rt@iarc.ws                                                       updated: 09.07.04

 

Hey.. where's my legs??

If you aren't aware, this is "Elektro" the first workable robot build by Westinghouse

and now being restored by me.

Here's Don Green's best friend.. Right now he doesn't talk back..

Watch out Don, you're being up-staged by a piece of metal..!!

Here's a little history on "Elektro" from "Remember When" a booklet published by the workers of WCI in 1990..

 

Why is it I always get stuck riding in the backend of the truck?? Well, home at last.. Phew.. It's been a long, long time.

 

At last, a museum piece. As it should be...

 

 

 

ELEKTRO, MANSFIELD’S INTERNATIONAL CELEBRITY, COMES HOME

The Mansfield Memorial Museum is proud to announce a public display of ELEKTRO, the amazing mechanical man. This will be the first exhibit of ELEKTRO’s story since his untimely retirement and mysterious disappearance in 1960. The exhibit will open to the public on September 7 and continue until November 20.

Built in 1937/38 at the Westinghouse appliance plant in Mansfield, Ohio, ELEKTRO made his sensational debut at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. He returned to New York in 1940 with his new companion, SPARKO, a mechanical dog. Standing over 7 feet tall and weighing in at 300 pounds, ELEKTRO thrilled thousands of people with his ability to walk, talk, raise and lower his arms, turn his head and move his mouth as he spoke. At the peak of his popularity, he had a vocabulary of over 700 words and a vast repertoire of one-liners. ELEKTRO and his operators performed a 20-minute show every hour during the Fair’s two-summer run.

In storage during World War II, ELEKTRO returned to service in 1950, to tour North America, as a promotion for Westinghouse appliances. In 1957 with appliance sales dropping Westinghouse sent ELEKTRO to Palisades Park in Ocean Side, California. There he was set into a static display at the amusement park for several years, appeared in a few movies, and then returned to Mansfield where he was disconnected from his controls and placed in storage. A few years’ later ELEKTRO’s head was given to a local resident who retired from his position as a Westinghouse engineer and ELEKTRO’s body was sold for scrap.

Fortunately he survived the scrap pile. Today ELEKTRO remains as a symbol of the world’s growing dependence on electrical energy. ELEKTRO represented Westinghouse’s prediction to remote-controlled appliances of the future. Built in human form, to cook our food, do our laundry, entertain our children and if needed, be our companion. ELEKTRO the personal robot would have been The Ultimate Appliance.

ELEKTRO will be exhibited along with many other artifacts associated with his private and public life. The exhibit will feature copies of the design and engineering drawings presenting his fabrication, artifacts from the 1939 World’s Fair and many posters and publications used to promote his appearances. Photographs of Mansfield people who worked in the Westinghouse Pavilion at the 1939 and 1940 Fair will be especially interesting to Mansfield residents.

The Mansfield Memorial Museum, housed in the Mansfield Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, is the oldest museum in Richland County. Founded in 1889, the Museum houses a wide variety of historical artifacts from Richland County and around the world. The Museum’s collections include 19th and 20th century military uniforms, and items from the lives of Native American, Slave, African, Mansfield and Richland County residents, Natural history specimens include animal life and several large trees planted by Johnny Appleseed during the early 1800’s. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building is the oldest Memorial building still used by Veterans in the state of Ohio and has not changed architecturally since its opening in 1889.

 

Mansfield Memorial Museum, 34 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio 44902

419-525-2491

The Museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Closed Monday. The Museum can be opened for groups of 20 or more in the evening by appointment. The Museum will be open some evening hours beginning in September.

Please check with the Museum staff.

The Mansfield Memorial Museum is a 501-C3 and any donations to the museum are tax deductible

Mansfield Memorial Museum, Scott Schaut / Director 419-524-9924

or by email sschaut@richnet.net

 

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