What was the Parade of Progress?
The Parade of Progress was the brainchild of Charles F. Kettering. Inspired by GM's
science and technology exhibit at the 1933 Chicago Worlds fair, he convinced General Motors
management to bring these educational exhibits to the people of America who could not attend
the Worlds Fair.
Charles F. Kettering convinces General Motors to create a traveling road show to bring science
and technology exhibits to the people of America.
- 1936 - February 11
The first Parade of Progress hits the road using nine custom built Streamliners.
Twelve first generation Futurliners are completed and join the Parade of Progress,
replacing the original nine Streamliners.
- 1941 - December
To date the Parade has played to 12.5 million people in 251 cities. With the entry of the
United States into World War Two, the Parade of Progress is shut down and the Futurliners
are put into storage for the duration of the war.
Several Futurliners are used in a Detroit parade commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of
the invention of the automobile.
- 1953 - May 12
The Futurliners are rebuilt into their second (and final) form. The Parade of Progress
resumes operation with new and updated exhibits.
The Parade of Progress is shut down. The Futurliners are eventually sold or given away.
Several end up in the hands of the public.
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