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17791 - A Rare Vista of the Court of Abundance From the Palace of Manufacturers,
Panama-Pacific Int. Exp., San Francisco, Calif.

From the standpoint of well-balanced and symmetrical arrangement it would be difficult to improve upon the scene here presented. The Court of Abundance yields many delights, but it would be difficult to conceive a greater one than this. The "Fountain of Earth" rises from the central pool. The shrubbery is really ornamental. The light and shadow in the farther corner work charming effects, and show to a good advantage the sculptural adornment the arcade has received. Just beyond rises the dome of the Palace of Mines and Metallurgy.

This palace is a center of interest because of the U. S. Government exhibits, which occupy much space here. The Steel Corporation alone has an acre or more of space, and shows coal and iron mining the manufacture of these products and their distribution. A pipe organ is on exhibition, with a cutaway portion to permit of interior study of that instrument. There is in the building a of the Taj Mahal, India's famous temple and tomb.

Smaller companies here exploit their wares. For example, the familiar advertisement of Valspar Varnish is lifted out of the magazines and transmuted into life. Water, alcohol, ammonia and other agents destructive to varnish are freely used over freshly created panels coated with Valspar. One panel in the Exposition is to be submitted to a continuous flow of water over its surface during the lifetime of the Exposition. This is only illustrative of innumerable exhibits. The building was erected at a cost of $359,445.00.

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