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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Down at the extreme south end of the Fair grounds we see a little but of old Europe. This Ukraine building is picturesque and the exhibits within are most interesting. Crafts and handiwork are shown in the profusion."
"Eighty feet long, 39 feet high, with 12-foot wheels, this is the 'World's Largest Automobile.' It has been built for the Studebaker exhibit at the World's Fair of 1934 in Chicago. Inside is a complete motion picture theatre seating 80 people where the story of the automobile is told, especially the story of the Studebaker automobile."
"Fair officials and officers of Wilson and company dedicated the packing firm's exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair Sunday (June 17) afternoon. Miss Jane Iredale, exhibit employee, is shown here pinning a flower on Thomas E. Wilson, chairman of the board of directors, while Edward Foss Wilson, his son and president of the company, looks on."
"Gloria Swanson, first 1934 Skyride visitor, takes a close-up inspection of the Hall of Science after getting a bird's-eye-view of it and the rest of the new World's Fair from the top of the 628 foot Skyride tower seen in the background."
"Great Hall of the massive Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress exposition, which opens May 27th and closes November 1st. Ceilings, panels, balconies, and stairways of the building embody new and superb examples of modern architectural design. Here the spirit of man's scientific achievement during the past 100 years, the predominant note of the Exposition -- finds concrete expression. The hall of Science houses a wealth of exhibits by industries closely related to the basic industries, with sections devoted to biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and medicine."
"J.F. Sullivan, diamond export from Kimberley, South Africa, points out a diamond that has become stuck on the "grease table" of the Diamond Recovery Plant in the Diamond Mine exhibit in the General Exhibits Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Dorothea Ross of Chicago is the interested visitor, and L.S. Root, another Kimberley diamond engineer, is the pensive gentleman at the right."
"Japanese Pavilion at the World's Fair in winter. A striking snow scene was taken in the gardens before the Japanese exhibit which will open with the rest of the Century of Progress May 26th."
"Miss Jayne C. Walker, pretty Lexington, Ky., World's Fair visitor, was the first to sign the guest register of the Wilson and company exhibit when the exhibit was dedicated Sunday (June 17) afternoon. Left to right: Thomas E. Wilson, chairman of the board of directors of Wilson and company; Miss Walker and Miss Jane Iredale, exhibit employee."
"Night view of the Illinois Host Building, where the state of Illinois welcomes guests from her sister states to A Century of Progress -- Chicago's 1933 World's Fair."
"North approach to the Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress Exposition, which opens May 27th and continues until November 1st. The beautiful carillon tower rising above the Hall is equipped with mellow-toned chimes that send their music floating out over the grounds throughout the day and night. Inside the Hall of Science, Exposition visitors view dramatic action exhibits of industries closely related to the basic sciences. The building comprises superb examples of modern architecture. It is U-shaped with two arms reaching down to a sparkling lagoon, and enclosing a court of three acres. In the center of its upper terrace is a circular well, forming the base of a court colorful with pools, fountains and flower-gardens."
"North Entrance of the Hall of Science, a modern architectural masterpiece at A Century of Progress -- Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. Designed to display the wonders of science and the industries related to it, this structure is itself something of a marvel in construction and design."
"North facade of the Hall of Science -- Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. At night the twelve pylons, arranged in a semi-circle about an electric fountain, are illuminated in red. The carillon tower shown in the distance is lighted in a mysterious blue. The entire building is a symphony of color in the modern manner."
"Paul Revere's House for Colonial Village of New World's Fair. This faithful reproduction of the oldest house in Boston, built some time between 1650 and 1680, is rising side by side with Old North Church, Mount Vernon, Benjamin Franklin's printing shop and scores of other buildings famed for hundreds of years in American history. The Colonial Village will be seen on the Fair's street of foreign villages when the exposition opens May 26."
"Redressing Hall of Science for the New Fair. E. Pantano is shown here repairing an exhibit in the chemistry section, showing the formation of sulphuric acid. Scientific exhibits will be considerably enlarged and improved for the opening of the new Exposition in Chicago May 26th."
"Sarah Ann McCabe, pretty NBC radio star, waves at her public from the model of the 70 story-story RCA building in Rockefeller Center, New York City, headquarters of the NBC. The model, located in the Hall of Social Science at the World's Fair, is lighted by an artificial sun when a visitor steps on the 'radio carpet' surrounding it."
"Spring weather brought these girls out to look over the Wilson and Co. exhibit at the new World's Fair which opens May 28th. They are among 250 selected from 1,000 to work at the exhibit this summer. They are shown grouped around a model of the Wilson building."
"Thomas E. Wilson (left), chairman of the board of directors of Wilson and company, shown presenting the Wilson exhibit building to the World's Fair administration, represented by Albert N. Gonsior. One of the features of the exhibit is a bacon slicing and packing plant in operation."
"With actual size packages and novelties as a lure, visitors jammed the Foods and Agriculture building today (Saturday) at the Chicago World's Fair. The above picture shows a part of the crowd collecting their free gifts from one of the forty exhibitors participating in the 'Free Souvenir Day.'"
"Within the great court of the Hall of Science, where the wonders of scientific progress are revealed at A Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. At the extreme left is shown the rostrum from which speakers address multitudes gathered for gala occasions. In the background appear the tops of the twelve pylons which, arranged in a semi-circle, from the north facade of this structure."
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