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Messmore and Damon, Inc. Company Records, 1892-1998

view Messmore and Damon, Inc. Company Records, 1892-1998 digital asset number 1
Creator:
Messmore, George Harold
Damon, Joseph
Messmore and Damon Company
Donor:
Tobiason, Pamela Messmore
Physical description:
16 cu. ft. : 39 boxes
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Business records
Photographs
Phonograph records
Date:
1930
1930-1999
1892-1998
20th century
Notes:
Design and construction firm that produced a wide variety of parade floats, dioramas for museums, exhibits for expositions, displays for department stores, scenery for films, Broadway and TV shows, and exhibits for corporate clients. Most of their parade and department store work featured mechanical devices which animated the animal and human figures involved, pioneering in what became known as "animatronics".
Summary:
Papers relating to Messmore & Damon's work in the design and construction of parade floats, museum dioramas, exhibitions, displays and scenery. The papers include business records, photographs, scrapbooks containing clippings and photographs, promotional materials, and recordings.
Cite as:
Messmore and Damon Company Records, 1892-1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Pamela Messmore Tobiason
Topic:
Exhibitions
Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
Parade float designers
Parade floats
Parades
Dioramas
Local number:
2003.3079 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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