Messmore & Damon “Prehistoric Gorilla”




Mechanical “prehistoric gorilla” from Messmore & Damon’s attraction “The World a Million Years Ago,” which debuted at the Chicago World’s Fair (1933-4), “A Century of Progress.” Of course, no such fantastic ape ever lived. But the Fair opened the same year that the movie King Kong appeared, and so…

mechanical ape head


Souvenir postcard (left) showing poster art from the movie that inspired Messmore and Damon’s giant “prehistoric” ape. Below, another giant “prehistoric gorilla,” this one, as seen in this postcard (one of a set), one of the many exhibits displated at Dinosaur Land, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.