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Trans-Mississippi Exposition, Omaha, Nebraska, 1898

The Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha, 1898, included the first "Incubator Baby Exhibit" in the United States. The sideshow was organized by Dr. Martin Couney and patterned after similar exhibits at the Berlin Exposition in 1896 and Earl's Court in 1897. Incubators for the exhibit were imported from Paul Altmann of Berlin. This was only ten years after the very first incubator had been employed for rescue of a premature infant in Paris.


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