University of Illinois at Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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ca. 1933-1934 (2)

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Fascists (1)
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"Approximately 5,000 Italian-Americans gathered about the Italian government building of the Chicago
1. "Approximately 5,000 Italian-Americans gathered about the Italian government building of the Chicago World's Fair for the unveiling of a memorial pillar to Italo Balbo, shown here, Sunday (July 15th). It was the highlight of Italian day at the Fair, with Mayor Edward J. Kelly; Marquis Rossi Longhi, Italian charge d'affairs; Rufus C. Dawes; Giuseppi Castruccio; consul-general; Lt. Gov. Thomas F. Donovan, and other officials present." [Italo Balbo was a fascist general and leader of the Italian Blackshirts and, at the time, a close ally of Benito Mussolini. Balbo arrived at the Century of Progress on a transatlantic flight from Rome, Italy. The City of Chicago subsequently staged a parade and renamed 7th Street 'Balbo Drive' in his honor.]
"Marchese Alberto Rossi-Longhi, (center) charge d'affaires at the Italian Embassy in Washington who presented
2. "Marchese Alberto Rossi-Longhi, (center) charge d'affaires at the Italian Embassy in Washington who presented the Balbo shaft at the World's Fair to the city of Chicago yesterday (Sunday, July 15) on behalf of the Italian government, enjoys some real Italian wine at a reception in the World's Fair Italian village. Left to right are Guiseppe Castruccio, Italian consul-general in Chicago, Mrs. R. Townsend McKeever, the Marchese, Mrs. Joseph Bauer, and Judge John S. Sbarbaro."
  

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