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AUSTIN A. DAVIS Presents ELLIOTT JAMES Scientist, Demonstrator, Speaker in Wonders of Liquid Air Numerous Thrilling Demonstrations Interestingly, Clearly and Authoritatively Explained figure Popularized, Non-Technical, Demonstration Entertainments for Everyone Specialized to Stimulate Interest in General Science More Than Two Thousand Four Hundred Demonstrations presented in the Great Hall of Science at the World's Fair in Chicago 1933 To be repeated in 1934 Brought Within Understanding Range of University, College and High School Students A fascinating program of real educational value Exclusive Management Austin A. Davis JAMES & 1933–1934 MR. ELLIOTT JAMES , an experienced instructor, felt the vital need of presenting visually and concretely some phase of physical science, that would popularize the ordinary abstractions of class work. The startling manifestations to be had with liquid air and low temperature, offered a wide appeal, and he specialized in that subject. For a number of seasons he had full time with the foremost Lyceum Bureaus. This placed him on many of the largest courses in the United States and Canada. The fees, in some instances, especially on return dates, ran far into the three figures. Some notable engagements were: Lakeside Assembly, Ohio; Taft School, Watertown, Conn., The Brooks School, New Bedford, Mass; Goodwin Institute, Memphis, Tenn.; Epworth Assembly, Lincoln, Neb.; Chicago Kiwanis, Milwaukee Public Museum, and New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. In addition he has appeared before great colleges, high schools, science groups, etc., in Baltimore, New Haven, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Pittsburg, and many other cities and educational centers. This specialization and extensive experience qualified him, beyond that of any other American, for his engagement at a Century of Progress. Here in the Hall of Science, he and his assistants gave 2,410 short demonstration programs, always to overflow audiences to the surging throngs of World's Fair visitors. Scientists and teachers kept up a barrage of questions during intermissions. The test of authority could not have been greater. Davis Engages Mr. James For a Season In early fall of 1933, Austin A. (Square Deal) Davis, former instructor, now Tour Manager of World Celebrities for more than a quarter of a century, and traveler of almost one million miles, negotiated for and secured time of Mr. James. He is now personally managing and routing the tour which opened in Muskegon, Mich. (return date) Nov. 7th. and will close in late Spring, probably in Kansas City or St. Louis to be ready for the reopening of the 1934 World's Fair, May 26. Universities, Colleges and the largest City High Schools, generally at their assemblies, have had, or have arranged to have engagements on this present tour in Jackson, Mich.; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Ky. (series of 7); Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson and Meridian, Miss.; Alexandria, La.; Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, Tex., and Oklahoma City, Okla.—125 engagements to date of 150 planned. Dating is now in progress in Oklahoma. With only 25 remaining dates yet to be made, with many unsolicited favorable reports pouring in, and the general business outlook more hopeful, the management feels assured of its full accomplishment, and is encouraged to further present ELLIOTT JAMES , Peer of American Liquid Air and Low Temperature Demonstrators. At Oklahoma City, Okla. March 25, 1934. AUSTIN A. DAVIS. Fifty of the Many Educational Institutions That Have Had Mr. James One or More Times Montclair Normal Asbury College Ky. College for Women Lake Forest Academy N. Manchester College Winchester College St. Mary's Univ. (Tex.) Roxbury Boys School Cranbrook School Miss. State University Georgetown College West Chester Normal Taylor University Murray State Normal Newark Normal Conn. College Kenyon College Muskingum College Hattiesburg State Tchrs. E. Cent. State Tchrs. Col. W. Va. Normal College of Ind. Arts. North Ohio University Mass. State College Capital University R. I. State College Fitchburg Normal St. John's College (Kan.) Danville Normal Agri. College (Okla.) Ashland College Taft School (Conn.) Mooseheart John Tarleton, Agri. Col. San Marcos Tchrs. College Calif. Teachers (Pa.) Conn. State College Southwestern University St. Joseph's Boys (Kan.) Louisville Normal Baylor College N. Tex. State Tchrs. Col. Westminster College Morehead Normal Wash. & Jefferson Maryville College Simmons University Allegheny College Bordentown Mil. Inst. Southern Meth. University Fifty of More Than Twelve Hundred High Schools Where Mr. James Has Been Engaged from One to Six Times St. Louis, Mo. Pontiac, Mich. Springfield, Ill. Lowell, Mass. Norristown, Pa. Newark, N. J. Gary, Ind. Wilkes Barre, Pa. Beaumont, Tex. Holyoke, Mass. Paducah, Ky. Valparaiso, Ind. Yonkers, N. Y. New Haven, Conn. Brownsville, Tex. Erie, Pa. Pittsburg, Pa. Austin, Tex. Meridian, Miss. Wheeling, W. Va. Frankfort, Ky. Alexandria, La. Newton, Iowa South Bend, Ind. Louisville, Ky. White Plains, N. Y. Jackson, Mich. Grand Rapids, Mich. Oshkosh, Wis. Ft. Wayne, Ind. Memphis, Tenn. Port Arthur, Tex. Joliet, Ill. Oyster Bay, L. I. Bridgeport, Conn. Madison, Wis. Battle Creek, Mich. Boston, Mass. Cleveland, Ohio Detroit, Mich. New York City, N. Y. Kalamazoo, Mich. Dayton, Ohio Rockford, Ill. Oklahoma City, Okla. Cincinnati, Ohio Chicago, Ill. Hartford, Conn. Brooklyn, N. Y. Baltimore, Md. SOME SAMPLE COMMENTS NEW YORK CITY:— Mr. Elliott James presented two lectures accompanied by beautiful and successful demonstrations on LIQUID AIR before our two assemblies, each of which contained 2,000 boys. I can recall NO ASSEMBLY DURING THE 25 YEARS I have been at this school, that has been MORE ENTHUSIASTICALLY PRAISED BY BOTH PUPILS AND TEACHERS. — (Dr.) Jesse E. Whitset, Head Chemist, 140 City High Schools. CHICAGO:— We consider you ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE IN YOUR FIELD IN THE UNITED STATES. Your work fills the requirements in EVERY PARTICULAR. In completeness of equipment, skill in handling your experiments, and ability to present unusual and interesting information to your audiences, we are convinced that you have NO EQUAL IN THIS COUNTRY. — L. M. Sandwick, Director Chicago School Assembly Assn. NEW ORLEANS:— Members' Council of the Assn. of Commerce Thursday became a chemical laboratory. ELLIOTT JAMES had a table full of apparatus and put liquid air thru its paces. What did he do? He froze mercury into a hammer and drove nails with it. Mercury freezes at 40 below zero, but LIQUID AIR is more than 300 below. He froze a rubber ball and it flew into many pieces when he threw it upon the floor. He froze meat and powdered it with the mercury hammer. He used it to operate an engine and fire a cannon—he froze a lead bell and it gave out a resonant sound. — New Orleans State. MILWAUKEE:— Wizardy of liquid air keeps audience on edge. With test tubes and machines, Elliott James proves to museum crowd he's a real magician. Crowds swarm on stage at close, eager for more information. ( headlines ). Besmocked and surrounded by extensive equipment, the Scientist moved from one amazing demonstration to another with a rapidity that kept the audience perched on edge of seats. — Milwaukee Sentinel. From Present Tour — 1934 LOUISVILLE:— My dear Mr. Davis: 'Mr. Elliott James gave two Liquid Air programs in our school today. His programs were EXCEEDINGLY INTERESTING AND EDUCATIONAL. ALL OF THE PUPILS AND TEACHERS WERE VERY MUCH PLEASED WITH THE DEMONSTRATIONS.' Yours very truly, Robert B. Clem, Principal Shawnee High School. CINCINNATI:— Dear Mr. Davis: 'Mr. James gave his Liquid Air programs this morning and they were VERY SATISFACTORY. It is not merely a show. The scientific applications were very evident, and were GREATLY APPRECIATED. Mr. James' personality, and his VERY PLEASING WAY of doing his work made the demonstrations PARTICULARLY GOOD FOR HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS.' Yours very ttruly, Walter Peoples, Prin. Winthrow High School. TENNESSEE:— My dear Mr. Davis: 'Mr. James filled his appointment with the Austin Peay Normal School at ten o'clock today. He did his work WELL. The demonstrations WERE PRACTICALLY PERFECT. It appealed to the students of the school, to some visitors, and a hundred or more children from nearby grammar schools. His explanations were GOOD AND CLEAR.' Yours very sincerely, (Dr.) P. P. Claxton, Pres. (Ex.-U. S. Com. of Education.) NOTE:—Originals of all of the above and scores of others are on file.
|Title||Elliot James: scientist, demonstrator, speaker|
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|Personal Name Subject||James, Elliot|
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