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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Ford's 'Drama of Transportation' in New World's Fair. This is a conception by Hugh Ferriss of what the interior of the great Ford Building will look like when A Century of Progress opens in Chicago May 26. In this building, 900 feet long, the major portion of a $1,500,000 exhibit, will be dramatized the story of the contributions of science, industry and agriculture to the modern automobile. Opposite the structure will be a free park with seats for concert and entertainment programs."
"Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., son of the President, is an interested visitor at the International Business machines exhibit at the new World's Fair. He is shown here inspecting a report by the International Alphabetic Accounting machine. Left to Right: Donald E. Jackson, of Providence, R.I., Roosevelt's companion, F.L. Wesson, IBM representative, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., and P.J. McMahon, assistant manager of the exhibit."
"Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., son of the President, pays a visit to the International World Clock at the New World's Fair. Left to right: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.; F.L. Wessen, International Business Machines representative, in which exhibit the clock is located; Donald E. Jackson of Providence R.I., companion of Franklin; and C.W. Hope, in charge of the exhibit."
"From left to right: Wallace Sample, Cyril Hill, Mrs. W.B. Wilson, Mrs. W.T. Hall, Mrs. D. Q. Wilson and D. Q. Wilson are shown in the exhibit of the Oriental Institute in the Hall of Social Science on Northerly Island at A Century of Progress. They are inspecting a mummy which is believed to date from the 7th century B.C. Portions of the mummy's wrappings have been cut away so that visitors to this popular exhibit may see the method used by the ancients in wrapping the mummies. The specimen is loaned by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago."
"From the lounge, on the roof of General Electric's 'House of Magic,' the company's story of electricity in home and industry presents this impressive appearance."
"G.F. Swift, President of Swift and Company, seated, signing a contract with Dr. Frederick A. Stock, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This contract will bring the free concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the World's Fair as an entertainment feature of Swift and Company's exhibit, beginning July 1st. Concert period will extend for 10 weeks."
"Gene Sarazen, famous golfer, was a visitor to the World's Fair today (Thursday, Sept. 6) and manifested keen interest in the exhibit of ancient drivers, niblicks, and midirons at the Wilson-Western Sporting Goods Company in the Food and Agriculture Building. Here you see the demon linksman wielding a niblick against one of the old fashioned 'feather' golf balls used by players a hundred years ago, as Dorothy LaFold looks on."
"General Motors Building"
"General Motors Building"
"General Motors Compound"
"George Blagden, husky long distance swimmer, who represented the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Memphis, Tenn., in the 15 mile marathon grind at A Century of Progress in 1933, finishing second to Marvin Nelson, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, is out to capture the championship event when it is again staged on Sunday, July 22nd, at the World's Fair in Chicago. Nelson set a new American record of 7 hours, 22 minutes and 24 3-5 seconds to lead Blagden across the finishing line. Blagden is reported in great trim for the grueling battle. The race is sponsored by William Randolph Hearst, who has posted a purse of $10,000, the winner to receive $5,000.The race will start at the Seventy-ninth Street beach on Chicago's south side, with the course laid along the shore line of Lake Michigan and the last seven miles to be swum in the World's Fair Lagoon."
"Georges N. Potie, former Ford star salesman in Antwerp, Belgium, now president of both the Belgian and Swiss villages at A Century of Progress in Chicago, here is pictured about to start a wooden-show race between dancing girls of the Belgian Village on the reproduction of Aerschot, Belgium, exhibited in the Roads of the World, Ford Exposition, A Century of Progress, Chicago. All of the girls are from Antwerp [except two, one from Ghent, the other from Steendorp]."
"Gertrude Fonlshausre and Clara Wenger, two Swiss entertainers at the Swiss Village at the new World's Fair in Chicago, are seen cutting off a piece of real imported Swiss cheese to tempt the appetites of visitors at the village."
"Gigantic sculptured plaque 'Light,' one of the two figures that flank the sides of the Electrical Building of A Century of Progress Exposition."
"Gloria Swanson is all smiles as she steps from the elevator of the west Skyride tower from the top of which she previewed the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Swanson was the first 1934 Skyride visitor."
"Gloria Swanson looks up and gasps as W.R. Voght, superintendent of the Skyride, points out the platform, 628 feet straight up, from which she has just previewed the 1934 World's Fair. She was the first 1934 Skyride rider."
"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."
"Gloria Swanson, first Skyride visitor in 1934, wears a broad smile as she gets back to earth after previewing the new World's Fair from the air, atop the 628-foot tower seen in the background. Whether the smile indicates the satisfaction at what she saw or relief at being back on solid ground again, Miss Swanson did not say."
"Governor Dave Sholtz of Florida, shown as he inspected the combined troops of the army, navy, and marine corps detachments stationed at Camp Franklin D. Roosevelt at A Century of Progress, Chicago, when he visited the Fair as guest of honor for Florida Day yesterday (July 20)."
"Governor Eugene Talmadge of Georgia (right) as he inspected United States troops of Camp Franklin D. Roosevelt of the World's Fair, upon his arrival at the Fair today (Tuesday). The governor came here to officiate at Georgia Day exercises in the Court of States late this afternoon, a high spot on the program for the celebration of Georgia Week at the Fair. Col. Morris Keck (center), commandant of Camp Roosevelt, and Lieut. Charles L. Hutton, U.S. Navy, are shown with the governor."
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