The Detroit automakers’ pavilions at the 1939 New York World’s Fair are now the stuff of legend, so it’s easy to forget that in 1933, for Chicago’s Century of Progress exposition Ford and General Motors had pretty impressive displays. Ford’s “Rotunda” had a chandelier made up of three Ford sedans hanging by their front bumpers from a Ford wheel and the Ford display included a large steel globe showing Ford industrial sites around the world.
General Motors’ exhibit was even more impressive – they set up an actual Chevrolet assembly line in their building. People could walk around around a catwalk and look down on cars being built. The finished Chevys could be purchased as they rolled off the line. Fortunately, the Keystone View company had a photographer with one of their stereo cameras at the exposition so you can enjoy it in 3D.
Historic 2D photos after the jump.