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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.]
[Officials related to the Mexico's 'Good Will Tour' at the Century of Progress. From left to right: Miss Maria Elena Olhoa; Justo Benitez, an attorney; Eugenio Pasqueiro of the Mexican Consulate; Albert Wimer, in charge of the Century of Progress Mexican Village exhibit; Bearl Spratt; and Miss Mary Spratt.]
[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.]
"Baby Ruth Special, an entry in the 'Blue Flame Race' of the All-American Soap Box Derby. Driven by Miss De Etta Atchison, 15, of 3655 North Avers Avenue, Chicago."
"Before they leave the factory, Mazda lamps are put through eleven exacting tests. Miss Gladys Armstrong demonstrates how it is done in the General Electric Exhibit."
"Children play house at A Century of Progress. Little Miss Joan Leavens, seven years old, of Wenatchee, Washington, is having lots of fun selling flowers to her sister, Margaret Leavens, nine years old, in the Puroil children's rest house in the General Electric Exhibits building at the World's Fair."
"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."
"Fay Wray, movie star, and Edward F. Dunne, United States commissioner to the World's Fair and former governor of Illinois, look over the sights at A Century of Progress from the steps of the Federal Building. Miss Wray was a guest of the World's Fair while stopping in Chicago on her way to Hollywood."
"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."
"Grace Moore, star of opera, screen, and radio, sounding her 'ah' for Ruth Gordon, actress of fame, on stage of the Globe Theater in Merrie England, while they were visiting the World's Fair [on] Labor Day. Miss Moore [is] on her way from Los Angeles to New York to give a performance."
"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., 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."
"Marie Lubas, 18 years old, who presided as Ukrainian Queen during the impressive ceremonies which her race observed on Ukrainian Day at the World's Fair. Miss Lubas, who lives at 2215 West Rice St., is the contestant for her nationality in the 'Miss Century of Progress' popularity contest which closes Monday at midnight."
"Miss Evelyn Ronnestad of Minneapolis, Minn., was overjoyed today (Tuesday) when her purse, containing $25 of oil and gas money for the trip home for her and her party, was found and returned after being lost in the Sears building of A Century of Progress. The purse, which was missing for several hours, was found by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Maxwell of Titusville, Pa. The picture shows Miss Ronnestad (left) receiving her purse back from Miss Florence E. Johnson of the Sears information desk."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, is bossing the job while Victor Bump, 27 years old and 50 inches tall, works on the Chevrolet Assembly line in the General Motors Building at the World's Fair. Both of these small people are members of Midget City at the Century of Progress."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, thinks she would make a good radiator cap for the 1934 Chevrolet. Miss Fawkes is one of the residents of Midget City at the World's Fair and was a visitor in the General Motors Building." [I can see a lady on the car. She can flip over when it stops.]
"Miss Helen Heman admires original painting, "The birthplace of Our Nation's Flag," now hanging in the Colonial village of the Chicago's World's Fair. The painting was so big that part of the roof of the Betsy Ross house had to be removed to admit it."
"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."
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