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HALE'S TOURS AND SCENES OF THE WORLD

Hale's Tours and Scenes of the World

A nickelodeon amusement invented by Kansas City Fire Chief George C. Hale, Hale's Tours and Scenes of the World, an "illusion ride," was introduced at Electric Park during the 1905 season.  Composed of train cars that each seated 72 passengers, a seven to ten-minute motion picture depicting scenes from around the world filmed from the front of a train played at the end of the car, while machines vibrated, rocked, and tilted the car to simulate the motion of the train, with steam whistle and train wheel sound effects, and painted scenery that rolled past the windows.

By 1906 there were Hale's Tours at Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Mexico City, Havana, Melbourne, Paris, London, Berlin, Hong Kong, and more cities, becoming one of the top concessions at amusement places around the world. By 1907 there were 500 Hale's Tours theaters in the Unites States alone.


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