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In fulfilling its mandate, the CNE always featured exhibits on the latest technological advances in industry and agriculture. 

CNE patrons were introduced to:

  • Electric railway transportation in 1883
  • Edison's phonograph in 1888
  • The wireless telephone in the 1890 
  • Radio in 1922
  • Television in 1939
  • Plastics and synthetics in the 1940s & 1950s
  • Virtual Reality in 1992. 

Meanwhile, activities in the original CNE Coliseum continued to be aimed at keeping Canadian farmers abreast of changes and improvements in the agricultural sciences.

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