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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Contestant at the Miss Century of Progress Contest.]
[Contestant Zita Newell at the Grand Opera contest, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-34.]
[Participants swimming in the National Athletic Union outdoor title racing carnival held at the Century of Progress Lagoon.]
[The preliminary winners at the Miss Century of Progress Contest. The women pictured here were local residents of Chicago who, by virtue of their ethnic identity, represented the nations of Scotland, England, Germany, Hungary, Wales, and Austria.]
[The winners of the Century of Progress Opera Contest. Zeta Newell, from Oak Park, IL., is on the left, and Mr. Frank Jakavicius, of Chicago, is to her right. The Opera contest was held at the Lagoon Theater, and the winners received a contract with the Opera company which opened in Chicago later that year.]
[Zeta Newell, of Oak Park, IL., a winner of the Century of Progress Opera Contest, sings in front of the microphone.]
'The grand champions of the square dance. Sylvia Riley, 16, 3342 Oketo Avenue and Steve Horvath, 18, 3311 Pontiac Avenue were adjudged the best team of two in the National Square Dance Contest finals at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress, Sunday. Both, in addition to winning the individual prize, were members of the team of eight that captured second place in that division. The contest, which has been running for a week, was for $1500 in cash in merchandise prizes. It was sponsored by the Reliance Manufacturing Company."
"'Like this?' Don McNeill, famous NBC announcer, takes the 'mike' and the control head phones at the World's Fair radio auditions contest and talks to himself. He doesn't seem to think much of his own efforts. McNeill, who takes over the position of master of ceremonies in the new Pontiac broadcast scheduled from WEAF, New York next month, was the guest star at the audition contest. He also acted as one of the judges and turned out to be one of the toughest critics that have yet acted in that capacity."
"A potato queen and the winner of a 4H Club canning contest view the Fair as their prize for their victories. Frances Krause, 21 years old, Lapeer Michigan, is Michigan's first Potato Queen, a title which she won at the Lapeer County Fair on September 27th from a field of 90 contestants. Merle Ruah, 14 years old, is the winner of the canning contest at the same Fair."
"Chicago: New World's records in swimming are promised when these three champions start paddling in their favorite events on the program of the National A.A.U. outdoor title racing carnival in the World's Fair Lagoon, scheduled for July 6, 7, and 8. One of the greatest fields ever assembled will compete in the eleven titular events carded. Picture here, from top to bottom, are Leonard Spence, of the New York A.C., Ralph Flanagan, of the Greater Miami A.A., and Jack Medica, of the Washington A.C., Seattle. Leonard Spence is the National A.A.U. breastroke world's record holder at 220 yards and 440 yards champion in this style. Flanagan holds the American mark for one mile, 21 minutes, 12 1/5 seconds. Medica boasts the world's record, 10 minutes 15.4 seconds for 880 yards, free style."
"Even the famous Brian Boru would be envious of the honors heaped on this younger Brian at the World's Fair yesterday after he won the title of the 'North Side's Most Beautiful Child.' Brian Joseph Burns, 2 years old, 229 East Superior Street, the calm winner, seems quite satisfied to pose for the camera and watch for the 'birdie.' The contest was part of the festivities attendant on the North Side Day celebration at A Century of Progress."
"Five Polish girls selected to appear in the semi-finals of the Miss Century of Progress beauty contest Saturday night: Helen Zadora, 11440 Stephenson, Loretta Gondek, 2135 Webster, Sylvia Lopacinski, 4457 South Sawyer, Irene Napientek, 3350 Diversy, Casmina Tryjefaczka, 4629 South Honore."
"Henry Sheldon, Chicago policeman, breaks a bottle a bottle of sparkling Burgundy over 'A Century of Progress Ranger' officially launching a Hudson Terraplane Coach on a ruggedness run, which will cover four states. The test will continue two weeks and the car is expected to roll up a year's mileage in that time. Sheldon, who resides at 5705 Seminole ave., was the winner of a contest in which the name of the car was selected."
"Jugoslav winners in the Miss Century of Progress Contest."
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., is a bathing suit queen in every sense of the word. While on her first visit to the World's Fair, in Chicago on July 21st, as a guest of the Vincennes Post, Louise said she'd dearly love to see some of the famous swimmers. She was forthwith introduced to several who were appearing in the springboard exhibition dives at Swift pool. Here you see Eddie Alvarez, champion diver of the Hawaiian islands on the left, Queen Louise, herself, in the center, and on the right Marshall Wayne, of Miami, Fla., National A.A.U highboard diving champion."
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., meets Jane Fauntz, former Olympic Games girl's diving champion at Swift Bandshell at the World's Fair. By winning the contest from a field of 30 other contestants, Louise and her mother, Mrs. Gladys Schwartz, earned trips to the Century of Progress. Louise expressed a wish to see some of the famous swimmers in action. She did; moreover she met them and went into the water with the stars. In this picture you see Louise, left, with Miss Fauntz, featured on the diving springboard of the Streets of Paris."
"Miss Marian Rybarcyk, popularity queen of Calumet City, Ill., receiving the certificate of her popularity from Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of the World's Fair. The ceremony was the highlight of a colorful program celebrating St. Andrew's Day at the Chicago World's Fair Court of States, Sunday (July 18)."
"Myrtice Crory, of the Firestone Tire exhibit at the World' Fair, a runner-up in the beauty contest finals staged last week to find the fairest employee of A Century of Progress, is enriched by $10 for her guess on the number of precious stones contained in the 18 articles in the Chinese Imperial Gold Collection in Streets of Shanghai at the World's Fair. She estimated the number at 7550. The correct count is 6307 according to Herbert J. Devine, the exhibitor, who is pictured here presenting Miss Corey with an envelope containing a $10 bill for her winning guess."
"One of this group of five Lithuanian beauties will be chosen as "Miss Lithuania" in the semi-finals of the World's Fair 'Miss Century of Progress' contest Saturday night (September 29th). These girls were selected in preliminary judging staged at the fair last night (Wednesday). They are, front row, Julia Sadulis, 1058 Lafayette Street; and Frances Bariss, 5124 South University Avenue. Rear row, Jean Soris, 4407 South Union Street; Eleanor Mondus, 6047 South Union Avenue; and Aldona Grignonis, 3322 South Union Avenue."
"One of this group of five Norwegian beauties will be chosen as 'Miss Norway' in the semi-finals of the World's Fair 'Miss Century of Progress' contest Saturday night (September 29th). These girls were selected in preliminary judging staged at the Fair last night (Wednesday). They are, front row, left to right, Dorothy Sullivan, 1630 Parkside Avenue and Marjorie Hungness. Back row, left to right, Ruth Thorson, 3625 Armitage Avenue; Astrid Erickson, 2716 Montclare Avenue, and Violet Thorson, 3625 Armitage Avenue."
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