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From jaw-dropping design to wow-inducing technological wizardry, the 2012 World’s Expo in Yeosu, Korea, is brimming with inspiration for exhibit and event professionals. EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 microsite features everything from Expo-related news and FAQs to historic World’s Expo highlights and video footage direct from Yeosu. This site also plays host to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Expo 2012 Awards, honoring the best the world (well, the World’s Expo, at least) has to offer.
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Visitors shouted in terror when Elisa Graves Otis demonstrated his newfangled “hoisting machine” at P.T. Barnum’s New York World’s Fair of 1853-1854. The elevator entrepreneur proved his engineering marvel could defy gravity by raising it above the crowd — and then slashing the rope that held it. The elevator stayed put, thanks to an ingenious safety mechanism. Today, the company Otis originally named the Union Elevator Works (to trade on his anti-slavery beliefs in liberal New York) sells 80,000 elevators and escalators every year, with 1.5 million elevators and 100,000 escalators on the move in more than 200 countries around the world.
 
Illustration: Otis Elevator Co. Historical Archives

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