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[Contestant Zita Newell at the Grand Opera contest, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-34.]
[Parade in front of the Czechoslovakia pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. The Century of Progress showcased the artistic, cultural, and scientific achievements of Czechoslovakia, then a newly independent country that had won its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War One. Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago from 1931 until his assassination in 1933, just a few months prior to the Century of Progress grand opening, was a Czech immigrant from Bohemia.]
[Photo of a small town with a Grand View Hotel located along the waterfront at an unknown location.]
[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.]
[Veteran commanders of the Grand Army of the Republic take a guided tour of A Century of Progress. The photo is undated.]
[Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic tour A Century of Progress. The photo is undated.]
[Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic touring A Century of Progress assemble for a group photo. The photo is undated.]
[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."
"John Pane-Gasser, leading dramatic tenor [of the] Chicago Grand Opera Company."
"John Pane-Gasser, leading dramatic tenor with the Chicago Grand Opera Company, who has been chosen to sing The Star Spangled Banner to inaugurate the opening ceremonies at A Century of Progress."
"Past national commander Edwin J. Foster, 88, and Fred H. Bishop, 85, commander of the Department of Massachusetts, Grand Army of the Republic, visit Chicago's World's Fair. They are being shown some of the exhibits by Capt. John W. Gorby."
"September grand jury."
"Victor Clement, of the Dutch Village and Miss Daisy Fisher of 1360 ½ Estes Avenue, two of the entrants in the Grand Opera Contest, who appeared last night in the first preliminary held at the Lagoon Theater. Preliminaries will be held every night this week and the finals on Saturday night. A Contract with the Grand opera Company will be awarded to the winning man and woman."
"Winners in the Grand Opera Contest which was held at the Lagoon Theater at a Century of Progress, being congratulated by the judges of the contest. Left to right: Karlton Hackett, judge, Margery Maxwell, judge, Paul Longore, judge, Mrs. Zita Newell, Oak Park, winner in the woman's class and Frank Jakavicius, Chicago, winner in the men's class. Both of the winners will receive contracts with the opera."
"Youth and beauty both trying for an opportunity to win a contract with the opera in the Grand Opera contest that is being held at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress. The finals will be held tomorrow night and the winning man and woman will receive a contract with the opera. Left is Wilbert Liebling, 13, 1313 South Kedzie Ave., and Margaret Terrell Whiteman, 401 Fullerton Parkway."
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