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    THE British Industries Fair, 1931, was opened on Feb. 16, the London Section at Olympia and at the White City, the Birmingham Section at Castle Bromwich. This year, for the first time, the catalogues of the two sections are in th£ same form, each having a classified index in nine languages—English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, and Danish. This feature is an innovation in the Birmingham volume. Advance overseas editions of the catalogues were issued on New Year's Day, and were despatched to 10,000 business men and potential buyers in Europe, Africa, parts of Asia, North America, and the east coast of South America, in time for the copies to be received before the recipients departed for the Fair. The buyer from abroad can thus look first at the classified index in his own language, from which he can obtain a list of firms exhibiting the particular goods in which he is interested. If he desires further information about particular firms, the alphabetical list of exhibitors gives him a description of everything shown by them. The Fair continues to show remarkable growth. This year both the London and Birmingham Sections have more exhibitors and cover a greater area than in 1930. Moreover, the total area of the Fair is still further increased by the holding of the cotton textile section at the White City, London, for which a separate catalogue is issued. The London catalogue, it may be noted, contains descriptions of the exhibits of about 1200 manufacturers, and the Birmingham entries bring the total of exhibitors to more than 2000.

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    News and Views. Nature 127, 281–286 (1931).

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