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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A clown entertains children at the Century of Progress Enchanted Island exhibit.]
[A view of Enchanted Island.]
[Aerial view of the Court of States on Northerly Island.]
[Aerial view of the Federal Building and the Court of States on Northerly Island.]
[Amusement park rides at the Century of Progress Enchanted Island.]
[An interior view of the reception room inside the Federal Building exhibit on Northerly Island.]
[Crowds gather to celebrate Edison Day at the Enchanted Island exhibit at A Century of Progress.]
[Exterior view of the Adler Planetarium on Northerly Island.]
[Exterior view of the Federal Building on Northerly Island adjacent to the Court of States exhibit. The Federal Building featured an art-deco design that included a rotunda and three tower-pylons representing the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the U.S. government.]
[Fireworks display at night. The outline of the Century of Progress Skyride tower and cableway can be seen to the right of the fireworks. The Federal Building complex at Northerly Island is also seen here at the lower left of the photograph.]
[Panoramic view of the Century of Progress lagoon and Northerly Island.]
[Security guards from A Century of Progress pose for a group photograph at the Enchanted Island exhibit. The photo is undated.]
[Street view of Enchanted Island, a children's playground at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[The central stairway to the Century of Progress Federal Building on Northerly Island. The Federal Building featured an art-deco design that included a rotunda and three tower-pylons representing the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the U.S. government.]
[View of the Enchanted Island exhibit under construction in preparation for the Chicago World's Fair. Enchanted Island was built between the lagoon and Lake Michigan, and included a mountainside slide, a fairy castle, a mechanical zoo, a miniature railroad, and a theater, among other exhibits. This photo was taken in January of 1933.]
"At Enchanted Island, the center of children's activities of A Century of Progress Exposition 1934, Chicago -- 'The Fireman's Fountain.' This fountain is the source of the pool within the tropical garden. The electrical display inside stimulates fire."
"At Enchanted Island, the center of children's activities of A Century of Progress Exposition 1934, Chicago -- 'Trestle Mike' and 'Skyscraper Sally' guarding the entrance to the playground area and picnic ground east of the theater."
"Because an exhibit of model trains, designed for youngsters, made such a hit with grown-ups last year on Enchanted Island at the World's Fair, the officials in charge of the display decided to move it to Travel and Transport building this season where it continues to hold the popularity of youngsters between the ages of six and sixty."
"Fannie Brice, Ziegfeld Follies star, looks in by way of television on three contestants for the title of 'Miss Chicago' who are shown in a large airliner at the World's Fair. The likeness of the Follies star shown in the portable television originated at the Television exhibit on Northerly Island of the Fair. A contract with the Follies awaits the winner of the beauty contest."
"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."
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