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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.]
[Contestant Zita Newell at the Grand Opera contest, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-34.]
[Photo of the Century of Progress Midway taken by William Burton Larsen. This photo was part of the Century of Progress camera contest at the Hall of Photography.]
[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.]
[The winner of the Sears-sponsored National Baby Contest convened at the 1934 Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago.]
[The winners of the Century of Progress Opera Contest. Zeta Newell, from Oak Park, IL., is on the left, and Mr. Frank Jakavicius, of Chicago, is to her right. The Opera contest was held at the Lagoon Theater, and the winners received a contract with the Opera company which opened in Chicago later that year.]
[Zeta Newell, of Oak Park, IL., a winner of the Century of Progress Opera Contest, sings in front of the microphone.]
'The grand champions of the square dance. Sylvia Riley, 16, 3342 Oketo Avenue and Steve Horvath, 18, 3311 Pontiac Avenue were adjudged the best team of two in the National Square Dance Contest finals at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress, Sunday. Both, in addition to winning the individual prize, were members of the team of eight that captured second place in that division. The contest, which has been running for a week, was for $1500 in cash in merchandise prizes. It was sponsored by the Reliance Manufacturing Company."
"'Like this?' Don McNeill, famous NBC announcer, takes the 'mike' and the control head phones at the World's Fair radio auditions contest and talks to himself. He doesn't seem to think much of his own efforts. McNeill, who takes over the position of master of ceremonies in the new Pontiac broadcast scheduled from WEAF, New York next month, was the guest star at the audition contest. He also acted as one of the judges and turned out to be one of the toughest critics that have yet acted in that capacity."
"A potato queen and the winner of a 4H Club canning contest view the Fair as their prize for their victories. Frances Krause, 21 years old, Lapeer Michigan, is Michigan's first Potato Queen, a title which she won at the Lapeer County Fair on September 27th from a field of 90 contestants. Merle Ruah, 14 years old, is the winner of the canning contest at the same Fair."
"An ardent cyclist at home, Edwin Genge, 15, of Ottawa Canada, accompanied by Olive Brushey, housekeeper in his home, set out from Ottawa for A Century of Progress on July 3rd, where they arrived today (July20th). Traveling by bicycle, and stopping for visits along the way, the pair covered the 813 miles in nine days. Upon their arrival at the Fair, they were welcomed by Dorothy LeFold, exposition beauty finalist who was a Wilson and Co.s' entry in the contest."
"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."
"Ballyhoo that sparkles on the Century of Progress Midway was caught in all its brilliance by the camera of Lou Fowler, 1819 North Park avenue, Chicago. This is one of the 49 unusual views of the fair hung in the Hall of Photography from 360 entries received in the recent contest sponsored by the Miniature Camera Club of Chicago."
"Even the famous Brian Boru would be envious of the honors heaped on this younger Brian at the World's Fair yesterday after he won the title of the 'North Side's Most Beautiful Child.' Brian Joseph Burns, 2 years old, 229 East Superior Street, the calm winner, seems quite satisfied to pose for the camera and watch for the 'birdie.' The contest was part of the festivities attendant on the North Side Day celebration at A Century of Progress."
"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."
"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."
"Henry Sheldon, Chicago policeman, breaks a bottle a bottle of sparkling Burgundy over 'A Century of Progress Ranger' officially launching a Hudson Terraplane Coach on a ruggedness run, which will cover four states. The test will continue two weeks and the car is expected to roll up a year's mileage in that time. Sheldon, who resides at 5705 Seminole ave., was the winner of a contest in which the name of the car was selected."
"Humans may like pie eating contests but monkeys prefer bananas in the raw if you don't mind, as you may readily see by this picture, which was snapped yesterday during the height of the World's Fair Monkey Banana Pie Eating Contest staged at the Frank Buck show on Northerly Island. A real monkey riot was precipitated shortly after this picture was taken by a gentleman who came to the show with a dozen real bananas."
"Jugoslav winners in the Miss Century of Progress Contest."
"Lilly Anderson, East State Road, Rockford, Illinois (left) and Virginia Hanson, 1608 Beston street, visit the Illinois Host House as their first spot of interest after arriving at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two girls won the trip by capturing the 7th Street Fall Festival Popularity honors."
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