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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A nighttime fireworks show above the Federal Building at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[One of the entrances to the Electrical Group exhibition under construction in preparation for A Century of Progress. The sculpture of the man above was dedicated to "The conquest of time and space."]
"8 of the 14 huge pillars covered with murals depicting the story of the electrical industry. These pillars are located above the General Electric 'House of Magic' (at lower left), and extend along the entire length of the balcony over the exhibit. At a Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago, Ill."
"A sprightly revue of singing, tumbling, and dancing of every type and description was presented last night (Tuesday) in the Court of States at the World's Fair by the parks and playgrounds of Chicago. The above picture shows a part of the cast of the revue after their highly successful performance."
"Above diagram shows the new Chicago Motor coach rainy-day route at the 12th street entrance to the World's Fair. During the day the buses deposit passengers at a canopy that leads to the entrance, and after nine p.m. passengers may alight within the grounds between 12th and 14th streets. A system of canopies makes it possible for visitors to arrive at the gate, enter the grounds, and take a bus to any building without getting wet."
"Above the 'House of Magic,' in which General Electric presents demonstrations of spectacular research laboratory developments, and extending along the entire length of a balcony over the exhibit space is a series of thirteen huge pillars covered with murals which depict the story of the electrical industry. A lounge is located on the roof of the House of Magic."
"Ahead of schedule, all exhibits of Ford and twenty-one co-exhibitors are en route for their new home in the Ford Exhibition Building at A Century of Progress, Ford officials announced Saturday. Above, a 15-ton rubber mill, to show the 'how' of rubber-making to an estimated attendance of 25,000,000 begins its last stage of the journey to the World Fair's summer home."
"Amid all the glamour and excitement of a Hollywood premiere, the first international preview of a motion picture was held in the Lagoon theater at the World's Fair. the above picture shows a part of the crowd who witnessed the first showing of 'Our Daily Bread,' King Vidor's latest picture based on the back-to-the-land movement."
"Installations of two systems of General Electric air conditioning equipment for the home are shown in this four-way setting in the G.E. exhibit in the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress. Two basements and sections of the first floor above indicate how the systems are put in."
"North approach to the Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress Exposition, which opens May 27th and continues until November 1st. The beautiful carillon tower rising above the Hall is equipped with mellow-toned chimes that send their music floating out over the grounds throughout the day and night. Inside the Hall of Science, Exposition visitors view dramatic action exhibits of industries closely related to the basic sciences. The building comprises superb examples of modern architecture. It is U-shaped with two arms reaching down to a sparkling lagoon, and enclosing a court of three acres. In the center of its upper terrace is a circular well, forming the base of a court colorful with pools, fountains and flower-gardens."
"These five statuettes, exhibited on the upper floor of the Social Science Hall are the oldest ever found in Asia, dating from about 3,000 B.C. The Oriental Institute is exhibiting them to the public for the first time at the World's Fair; they were evacuated early this year at the site of ancient cities of Eshnunna and Opis. Above photograph shows Miss P. McLaughlin, Cincinnati artist, and L. Stienes, of Fairmont, Nebraska, viewing the primitive subjects."
"This committee of music authorities selected the winners in the Midway Song contest. The critics shown above are, left to right - Joel Lay, director of musical activities at A Century of Progress; Fred Forster, president of the Forster Musical Company, and Henry Selinger, National Broadcasting executive. Herbert Johnson, staff pianist of A Century of Progress, is seated at the piano."
"University wrestlers who are competing in the A.A.U.'s 3-day wrestling meet which started tonight (Friday) at the World's Fair were examined by Lt. C.V. Green, medical officer of the United States Navy. In the above picture, Ray Hurst (left) of the University of Illinois awaits his turn on the scales that are being occupied by Eli Aronson of Indiana. Dick Anderson of the University of Chicago and a Northwestern grappler, Dan Kaufman, are shown in the picture."
"With actual size packages and novelties as a lure, visitors jammed the Foods and Agriculture building today (Saturday) at the Chicago World's Fair. The above picture shows a part of the crowd collecting their free gifts from one of the forty exhibitors participating in the 'Free Souvenir Day.'"
Farm folk attending the World's Fair this week are being given the opportunity of seeing their favorite radio entertainers from radio station WLS in the Court of States on Northerly Island. The above picture shows the crowd that attended Prairie Farmer's initial radio party last night."
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