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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[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.]
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., is a bathing suit queen in every sense of the word. While on her first visit to the World's Fair, in Chicago on July 21st, as a guest of the Vincennes Post, Louise said she'd dearly love to see some of the famous swimmers. She was forthwith introduced to several who were appearing in the springboard exhibition dives at Swift pool. Here you see Eddie Alvarez, champion diver of the Hawaiian islands on the left, Queen Louise, herself, in the center, and on the right Marshall Wayne, of Miami, Fla., National A.A.U highboard diving champion."
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., meets Jane Fauntz, former Olympic Games girl's diving champion at Swift Bandshell at the World's Fair. By winning the contest from a field of 30 other contestants, Louise and her mother, Mrs. Gladys Schwartz, earned trips to the Century of Progress. Louise expressed a wish to see some of the famous swimmers in action. She did; moreover she met them and went into the water with the stars. In this picture you see Louise, left, with Miss Fauntz, featured on the diving springboard of the Streets of Paris."
"One of this group of five Norwegian beauties will be chosen as 'Miss Norway' in the semi-finals of the World's Fair 'Miss Century of Progress' contest Saturday night (September 29th). These girls were selected in preliminary judging staged at the Fair last night (Wednesday). They are, front row, left to right, Dorothy Sullivan, 1630 Parkside Avenue and Marjorie Hungness. Back row, left to right, Ruth Thorson, 3625 Armitage Avenue; Astrid Erickson, 2716 Montclare Avenue, and Violet Thorson, 3625 Armitage Avenue."
"The bespectacled youth on the right is Dennis O' Shea, pie-eating champion of the 1934 World's Fair. Dennis inhaled a six-inch blueberry pie in one minute and thirteen seconds to win a contest staged at the Armour Building on Children's Day. At the left is Edward Jackson, who took third place in the contest, and Bob Callow, winner of the second prize, is in the middle. Callow might have won but he overlooked a bit of the filling which dropped off onto his plate and a vigilant judge made him clean it up."
"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."
"This old colonial stock failed to deprive Miss Georgie Berry, Richmond, Va., of her charming smile, even with the ridicule afforded by Miss Mildred Smith, left, of Wilbur, Wash., and Miss Betty Bort, Long Beach, Calif. The smile trio, finals in a national charm smile contest, visited A Century of Progress yesterday (Tuesday, July 24) and were luncheon guests at the Colonial Village where this picture was snapped by a Fair photographer."
"West Tech high school, Cleveland, Ohio, won the Stowell cup for the second year, in the international commercial schools contest concluded at the Chicago World's Fair Thursday night (June 28th). Left to right Leon C. Stowell, donor of the cup, which is awarded to the school of the contestant having the highest dictating machine score; Ruth Homberg, who won the cup for her school, and Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of the Fair, who made the awards."
"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."
"Winners in the International Commercial Schools contest concluded at the Chicago World's Fair Thursday night (June 28th). Left, Clifton Lux, Waukegan, Ill., first place in bookkeeping for business college novices; and right, Dorotha Basket, Harrisburg, Ill., first place novice bookkeeping for high schools."
"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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