You're right, I misunderstood your point. I think the whole fair attendance thing is like what someone else brought up earlier in the thread - - attendance is counted not per person but per visit. Someone staying for a week might have been counted 10-12 times which could drastically overinflate the numbers. Frankly, it seems improbable that we will ever get the "correct" number of attendees anyway. You are right though, if we take the population numbers and fair attendees at face value then it seems impossible to have been able to run these fairs and a functioning city simultaneously.I don't think you understood my point (or maybe I'm not understanding your response.) My point was, of course there were doctors, seamstresses, janitors and a myriad of other jobs--I believe all these jobs existed (and certainly always did throughout history in one form or another.) My point was all these people needed in a city to work and build an expo (or just for normal non-expo life) means these people weren't available to travel to other expos, must less work on other expos. I say that based on the known population of the time (although I suppose that could be a lie.) There just weren't enough people to do expo buildings, repeatedly around the country. If one in 3 Americans was visiting the expos, then there wouldn't be enough people left behind to do all the work.
Totally agree that this level of technology seems like an anachronism in those times, considering what modern education will have us believe life was like. It's like history books only focused on the "wild west" side of the country (which likely did exist to an extent) but completely ignore the splendor of the major cities.
- R&D is missing. There is a whole bunch of areas where R&D are completely MIA.
- 1854 VPP is an example here. Where was the R&D in going from sails to this hefty contraption? This device involves way more than just rotating blades. For fun, see if you can locate an official source of who invented this type of a screw.
- And there are thousands of such examples where we have no R&D in sight. It's like tons of people were Tesla smart.
- We, as a society, are not proud of these achievements. They are not being taught at school. Why? The reason most of us did not know about these things is because our education programs compilers choose not to include them in the curriculum. Sure they are not hidden, but to come across you need to look for specific things. How can you look for stuff if you do not know that it even exists.
- Is it because TPTB, for whatever reason, does not want to attract public attention to certain things from the past?
Putting aside the possibility of hidden cataclysms and wars against hidden civilizations in the 1800s for a moment, perhaps the reason this technology is hidden in plain sight is simply because of corporate greed. The Oil Oligarchs and those that financed their rise knew that steam and electric powered anything would be a direct threat to their oil-based economy they were building. It seems like they were willing to scrap major developments in urban development, transportation, education, and energy just to get there. It goes without saying these people were pure unadulterated psychopaths and this type of destruction would not cause them to lose any sleep.
I think that this may be the closest to where I am at with the expos, as well. Credit to @jd755 for finding this document regarding Beaux Arts. Here is a description of the art style straight from the horse's mouth.They were covering up, and at the same time, taking credit in a sense, for the glorious architecture from the prior civilization. I think that the extent they went to create this perception in people was why they 'wasted' money and resources. However, I guess, to them, it wasn't wasted because the created narrative worked and really hasn't been questioned until now. This theft of history and theft of 'intellectual property' is THE most important aspect of this whole thing. If people back in the early 1900's started questioning history and what happened, our current situation would be much different. This 'grand cover-up' is SO totally important that they are willing to do anything, spend anything, 'dissappear' anybody. And what makes this ever so evil in my book is that this cover-up has been generational.
It's not as if this man would openly add that "oh yeah also we were covering up a massive hole in history through mind control and taking credit for many buildings we did not actually construct" but I thought that is some helpful insight into the people we are talking about who (allegedly) designed all this stuff.The purpose of American Beaux-Arts capitols, as noted by George B. Post, New York architect of the Wisconsin capitol, was to visually communicate the power of the government through an artistic and technological language that could educate the public and be understood as good taste in the present and in the future:It is the proud boast of the architect that his work forms the most positive and enduring evidence of civilization....In all countries and times, the Government has been the great builder. Is the American architect so far behind the world in professional skill that our public buildings must of necessity be bad in design, vulgar in detail and extravagant in construction?