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1939 :  Musician Lois Kendall plays the cello while a mechanical man named Elektro ‘conducts’ on stage as part of a Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co demonstration at the World’s Fair, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York City.

circa 1939 : Musician Lois Kendall plays the Upright Bass while a mechanical man named Elektro ‘conducts’ on stage as part of a Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co demonstration at the World’s Fair, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, New York City.

Long before C-3PO and Wall-e, there was Elektro, a smoking, talking, and walking robot that wowed the World's Fair in 1939. Meet the seminal robot that has been rescued from the scrap heap of time.

Elektro: 1939 smoking robot saved from oblivion

Another robot nanny... Parents dreamed like this because they were too busy with the industrial revolution to raise their own children.

weirdvintage: “This robot normally appeared in a local Russian circus, but he was turned into a traffic controller as a stunt by his owner, Oleg Sokol, in 1967 (via Corbis) ”

Forbidden Planet. 1956

Anne Francis with Robbie the Robot star's of Sci-Fi classic 1956 Forbidden Planet. Made in 1956 and STILL one of the best science fiction movies ever made. See a very young Leslie Nielsen as the ship captain when he was known as a dramatic actor!

Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman

Charlotte Moorman & Nam June Paik with (a radio-controlled anthropomorphic robot created by Nam June Paik & Shuya Abe), photo Peter Moore, 1964

Elektro Smoking Robot (1939) - Westinghouse developed Elektro in the 1930s as a prototype of the future robot

Elektro Smoking Robot - Westinghouse developed Elektro in the as a prototype of the future robot

Valentines Day publicity photo? Verda the android and beloved B9, the robot in Lost in Space: "The Android Machine", first aired 26 October 1966.

Verda the android and beloved the robot in Lost in Space: "The Android Machine", first aired 26 October

1947 - Anatole the Robot -women-with-robot-created-by-french-inventor

1947 - Anatole the Robot -women-with-robot-created-by-french-inventor

Toy robot

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