University of Illinois at Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A View of the Skyride at night. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638
1. [A View of the Skyride at night. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638 feet tall and 3/8 of a mile apart. According to Fair promoters, high-speed elevators transported passengers took to the tops of the towers in less than one minute.]
[A View of the Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the
2. [A View of the Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638 feet tall and 3/8 of a mile apart. According to Fair promoters, high-speed elevators transported passengers took to the tops of the towers in less than one minute.]
[Artist's sketch of the "Ride of the Century" at the Century of Progress.]
3. [Artist's sketch of the "Ride of the Century" at the Century of Progress.]
[Photo of the Midway and the Ferris wheel at the Century of Progress.]
4. [Photo of the Midway and the Ferris wheel at the Century of Progress.]

[Photograph of two men standing on the construction site where the Sky Ride was to be built for the Century
5. [Photograph of two men standing on the construction site where the Sky Ride was to be built for the Century of Progress International Exposition.]
[The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure
6. [The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638 feet tall and 3/8 of a mile apart. According to Fair promoters, high-speed elevators transported passengers took to the tops of the towers in less than one minute.]
[The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure
7. [The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638 feet tall and 3/8 of a mile apart. According to Fair promoters, high-speed elevators transported passengers took to the tops of the towers in less than one minute.]
[The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure
8. [The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638 feet tall and 3/8 of a mile apart. According to Fair promoters, high-speed elevators transported passengers took to the tops of the towers in less than one minute.]

[The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure
9. [The Skyride at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. Supporting the structure at opposite ends were two steel towers 638 feet tall and 3/8 of a mile apart. According to Fair promoters, high-speed elevators transported passengers took to the tops of the towers in less than one minute.]
[Two women viewing the Century of Progress from the observation deck of the Skyride.]
10. [Two women viewing the Century of Progress from the observation deck of the Skyride.]
"Gloria Swanson is all smiles as she steps from the elevator of the west Skyride tower from the top of
11. "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,
12. "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
13. "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
14. "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."
"If expressions mean anything, Gloria Swanson and her party seem rather pleased with what they saw when
15. "If expressions mean anything, Gloria Swanson and her party seem rather pleased with what they saw when they previewed the new World's Fair from the top of the west Sky-Ride tower. With Miss Swanson are Walter N. Greaza, leading man in the sketch in which she is now appearing at the Chicago Theater, and her secretary, Mrs. H.A. Richardson. The guard, resplendent in his new uniform, is J.F. Murphy."
"Milady rides in a rickasha, and it's fun on a sunny day. Youth gallops on; it's a way they have at the
16. "Milady rides in a rickasha, and it's fun on a sunny day. Youth gallops on; it's a way they have at the big Chicago World's Fair."

"Sketch of the proposed Sky-Ride. View of the Sky-ride in perspective looking from the base of the west
17. "Sketch of the proposed Sky-Ride. View of the Sky-ride in perspective looking from the base of the west tower."
"This group of school-girls from St. Thomas, Ontario, enjoy the thrills of the safety coaster during
18. "This group of school-girls from St. Thomas, Ontario, enjoy the thrills of the safety coaster during their visit to the Chicago World's Fair. Their trip to the Fair was sponsored by the St. Thomas Times-Gazette."
"Workman on one of the steel girders of the Sky Ride."
19. "Workman on one of the steel girders of the Sky Ride."
 
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