National Geographic : 1940 Jul
HOW WE SAVED Pandora's Life 4IW*/eahoaide * If you have been one of the millions of visitors to the New York World's Fair you, of course, know that Pandora is the name of the cute Panda playing such a star role at the Exposition. * Spectatorswho crowd aroundher cage these days little realize that if it hadn't been for the quick action and resourcefulness of our air conditioning engineers they might never have seen this rare animal brought all the way from the Himalayan Mountains. * While recognizingthatthere was quite a bit of difference between the climate of Pandora's home land and that of Flushing Meadows, those in charge hoped that she would be able to adjust herself to the change. But she just couldn't. * What happened was that she refused to eat or perform; and it became quite evi dent that she would probably die unless something was done about the weather. * With no time to lose, our air condi tioning engineers were called in and asked to duplicate the cool, stimulating climate of Pandora's native habitat. So well did they succeed that immediately she started to perk up, and in no time at all was her old playful self, keeping the crowd in uproars. * This is just one of the hundreds of air conditioning problems that have been put up to our engineers. Generally, when a person thinks of air conditioning he thinks of it in terms of making a home more com fortable, or of seeking escape from sum mer heat in a restaurant, store or theater. * And yet beyond these now com monly accepted uses you'd be surprised to learn what a varied role our air condition ing is playing in industry. * Taking just a few examples at ran dom, we are reminded of the way our equipment helped a pharmaceutical house to step up the manufacture of pills and tablets; of how we aided another laboratory to hasten the cooling of creams and salves for quicker packing. Or take rayon, for example-its manufacture would be almost impossible if it were not for the part air conditioning plays in the drying of the fibres. Air travel, too, is a lot safer because flying instruments are now calibrated more accurately in air conditioned rooms. * Naturally,to produce air condition ing for such a wide variety of applications requires engineering skill of the highest order, plus a range of equipment which extends in our case from a small self con tained home unit to a 100 ton compressor. * With such equipment now available, air conditioning is rapidly fulfilling its promise of becoming one of America's leading industries. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."