Diamond Mine Exhibit
A South African diamond mine in operation, with native laborers, is seen in the $5,000,000 exhibit of the cooperating diamond and jewelry interests. Thirty tons of diamond- bearing blue clay from the Kimberley mines were brought from South Africa for the mining demonstration.
You have the illusion of descending 1,500 feet to the workings where the Kaffirs are toiling. You see the clay brought up on elevators and the diamonds recovered on the grease tables. A
compound, in which the South African native workers live, is background for the diamond pit.
Cutting and polishing of diamonds is shown in a reproduction of a section of Amsterdam, Holland. In the display of famous gems is the 128.5 carats Tiffany Diamond and the 42 carats perfect blue diamond, formerly one of the jewels of Emperor Maximilian of Mexico.
In other exhibits, modern costume and other jewelry are shown.
J.F. Sullivan, diamond export from Kimberley, South Africa, points out a diamond that has become stuck on the “grease table” of the Diamond Recovery Plant in the Diamond Mine exhibit in the General Exhibits Building at the 1934 World’s Fair. Miss Dorothea Ross of Chicago is the interested visitor, and L.S. Root, another Kimberley diamond engineer, is the pensive gentleman at the right.
The Official Guide Book of the World’s Fair