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In a golden age of invention, discovery and exploration, the World's Fair celebrated the cultural, industrial and social riches and curiosities of a new world. Thomas Edison oversaw the proper setup of the electrical exhibits, and the Palace of Electricity covered seven acres devoted to the wonders of this new marvel. A Moving Picture Theatre gave many Americans their first glimpse of the new medium and for many the Fair was the first opportunity to communicate across thousands of miles by wireless or telephone. The Fair demonstrated how 'fast' food could be cooked in minutes using electricity. Nightly illuminations lit the fair buildings and water cascades with over half a million electric light bulbs and sweeping beams of changing hues.
Food was used in bizarre and exotic ways at the Fair, including the carving of an 18 foot lighthouse built entirely from salt, a salt sculpture of Lot's wife, President Roosevelt sculpted in butter and a statue of a bear made entirely with prunes. Edible items popularized at the Fair include the ice-cream cone, sliced bread, candy floss, peanut butter (a 'health food'), Dr Pepper (a 'health drink') and the hot dog.