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UIC logo Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)


[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion was designed to resemble a giant airplane to celebrate Italo Balbo's 1933 transatlantic flight that ended at the Century of Progress. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and one of Benito Mussolini's government officials. The front of the building sported a design that resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Seen here is a general view of the Pavilion's auditorium.]

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