The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  PAINTING THE GREAT BUILDINGS - When Superintendent Allen, of the Color Department, began his task of painting the Exposition, he figured on one hundred and seventy acres of surface which must be covered with paint or calcimine. His first order was for fifty thousand feet of rope, fifty-six swing-stages, two hundred and fifty jacks, five hundred step-ladders, five thousand feet of especial planking, fifty thousand pounds of white lead, five thousand gallons of oil, and five hundred barrels of whiting. But when the forces of painters reached the Manufactures Building, there was found one space of calcimining which measured thirteen acres, filled with joists and obstructions, and highly destructive of brushes. At this discouraging juncture, Mr. C. Y. Turner, the assistant of Chief Millet, produced the Electric Painting Machine which is represented in the picture. By means of this movable dynamo and its apparatus, three men were able to do the former task of twenty, with a total salvage of the brushes, as it is to be seen that the force-pump machine sprays the paint, or calcimine, or thin plaster on the surface which is to be coated. By one of three double catapults of paint, three hundred squares were finished in eight hours. It required ten of the machines and thirty men for ten days to paint under the galleries of the Manufactures Building. Upon the successful termination of this undertaking, the painting of the entire interior was ordered, and in a fortnight more, six hundred barrels of whiting were spread, thus accomplishing by machinery what otherwise would not have been undertaken.
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