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[An archeological exhibit representing a cross-section of artifacts found in a typical city garbage dump. The exhibit explains how archeologists can "read" the past of a given society by sifting through its trash.]
[Chicago Plan Commission sketch of the Chicago lakefront and the lagoon where the Fair was to be built.]
[Chicago Plan Commission sketch of the Chicago lakefront area where the Fair was to be built. The large white building in the background is the Field Museum.]
[Panoramic sketch of the Chicago lakefront showing how the construction of the Fair was progressing.]
[Photo of a small town with a Grand View Hotel located along the waterfront at an unknown location.]
[Postcard of Bedouins in the desert, probably distributed at A Century of Progress to promote its Tunisian Village exhibit. Tunisian Village reproduced the old city of Tunis in North Africa.]
"An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first appearance of the Bruce Toy Symphony Orchestra of Kansas City today (Tuesday) at the Court of States when it opened a three-day engagement. This unusual group of 60 children ranging from four to eight years, plays classical selections on marimbas, xylophones, orchestra bells, celestas, and a full complement of percussion instruments."
"Approximately 5,000 Italian-Americans gathered about the Italian government building of the Chicago World's Fair for the unveiling of a memorial pillar to Italo Balbo, shown here, Sunday (July 15th). It was the highlight of Italian day at the Fair, with Mayor Edward J. Kelly; Marquis Rossi Longhi, Italian charge d'affairs; Rufus C. Dawes; Giuseppi Castruccio; consul-general; Lt. Gov. Thomas F. Donovan, and other officials present." [Italo Balbo was a fascist general and leader of the Italian Blackshirts and, at the time, a close ally of Benito Mussolini. Balbo arrived at the Century of Progress on a transatlantic flight from Rome, Italy. The City of Chicago subsequently staged a parade and renamed 7th Street 'Balbo Drive' in his honor.]
"As a reward for their efforts in a citizenship contest conducted by the board of education and the city parks and playgrounds, these boys were assigned to executive positions at the World's Fair today (Thursday, August 23) as part of the North Side Day program at the Fair. The young executives, front row, left to right, are: Louis Miniscalco, 15, as secretary; Chester Andrezak, 17, chief of the events division; Floyd Jacobson, 15, director of exhibits; Herman Loper, 14, director of foreign and federal participation; Bernard Galivan, 15, director of promotion and publicity; and Carl Marziana, 17, assistant to the general manager. Back row, left to right, Lawrence Hatton, 17, director of concessions; Charles Felice, 15, chief of the protocol; Anthony Graziano, 17, legal counsel; LeGrand Malany, 16, assistant to the general manager, and John Maheras, 14, general manager. Don Schmidt, 16, was so busy carrying on as president of the Exposition, and Joseph Wirt, 16, chief of public protection, was so busy making arrangements to meet Ed Wynn, that neither had time to pose for the picture."
"Built to demonstrate the use of light as an architectural element in the appearance of buildings, this model city in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress is complete to the stalled automobile being towed to a nearby garage."
"Here is depicted in miniature the first Edison Central Station which was constructed in New York in 1882. This is shown as a part of the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Marchese Alberto Rossi-Longhi, (center) charge d'affaires at the Italian Embassy in Washington who presented the Balbo shaft at the World's Fair to the city of Chicago yesterday (Sunday, July 15) on behalf of the Italian government, enjoys some real Italian wine at a reception in the World's Fair Italian village. Left to right are Guiseppe Castruccio, Italian consul-general in Chicago, Mrs. R. Townsend McKeever, the Marchese, Mrs. Joseph Bauer, and Judge John S. Sbarbaro."
"Marchese Alberto Rossi-Longhi, who presented the Balbo monument at the World's Fair to the city of Chicago yesterday (Sunday, July 15th) on behalf of the Italian government, chats with Chicago socialites at a reception in the Italian Village at the Fair. Left to right are Mrs. R. Townsend McKeever, and the Marchese."
"Marchese Alberto Rossi-Longhi, who presented the Balbo monument at the World's Fair to the city of Chicago yesterday (Sunday, July 15th) on behalf of the Italian government, chats with Chicago socialites at a reception in the Italian Village at the Fair. Left to Right are Mrs. R. Townsend McKeever, the Marchese and Mrs. Joseph Bauer."
"Meet the various swimming and diving champions of the Chicago public parks and playgrounds who won titles in North Lagoon at [the] World's Fair yesterday (August 9th) in finals of city wide aquatic tournament."
"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 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)."
"Sarah Ann McCabe, pretty NBC radio star, waves at her public from the model of the 70 story-story RCA building in Rockefeller Center, New York City, headquarters of the NBC. The model, located in the Hall of Social Science at the World's Fair, is lighted by an artificial sun when a visitor steps on the 'radio carpet' surrounding it."
"Students from Tilden High school awaiting the opening of the Microvivarium exhibit in the Hall of Science today. This exhibit has attracted throngs of school student tours at the World's Fair and is considered such a valuable aid to education that the Chicago Biological Round Table, composed of all biology teachers in the city, is seeking some proper means to make a permanent exhibit."
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