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[Fair dignitaries posing with Frank Buck and the Sultan of Johore at the dedication of the 'Bring 'Em Back Alive' show on the Midway at A Century of Progress International Exposition. Second from left is Rufus C. Dawes, president of A Century of Progress. The Sultan of Johore is standing on the right, with Buck third from right.]
[The Sultan of Johore, right, dedicating Frank Buck's 'Bring 'Em Back Alive' show on the Midway at A Century of Progress International Exposition. Frank Buck is on the left.]
"A view of the Lagoon theater, grandstand and the John R. Thompson twin restaurants as seen from the Hiram Walker 'Doodlebug' in the north lagoon at A Century of Progress. The theater has been roofed and a permanent stage built on spiles has replaced the roofless stands and floating stage of 1933. The changes were made because of the extreme popularity of the theater last year. At the left may be seen the completed unit of the Thompson restaurants, which began serving food today."
"Congressman Richard J. Welsh, his wife and son, Richard, Jr., of California, sign the official register of the new World's Fair in the Sears Roebuck building, while Major Chester L. Fordney, of stratosphere flight fame, looks on. The congressman and his family are on their way to California from Washington. He expressed the opinion that the Fair this year is even more colorful and picturesque than A Century of Progress last year, having seen both, and declared it a sight which no one should miss."
"Fair officials and officers of Wilson and company dedicated the packing firm's exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair Sunday (June 17) afternoon. Miss Jane Iredale, exhibit employee, is shown here pinning a flower on Thomas E. Wilson, chairman of the board of directors, while Edward Foss Wilson, his son and president of the company, looks on."
"Gloria Swanson, first Skyride visitor in 1934, wears a broad smile as she gets back to earth after previewing the new World's Fair from the air, atop the 628-foot tower seen in the background. Whether the smile indicates the satisfaction at what she saw or relief at being back on solid ground again, Miss Swanson did not say."
"J.F. Sullivan, diamond export from Kimberley, South Africa, points out a diamond that has become stuck on the "grease table" of the Diamond Recovery Plant in the Diamond Mine exhibit in the General Exhibits Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Dorothea Ross of Chicago is the interested visitor, and L.S. Root, another Kimberley diamond engineer, is the pensive gentleman at the right."
"Miss Kathryn Dougherty, 22, of Waterloo, Iowa, became the 2,000,000th visitor to the World's Fair when she passed through the 23rd street gate at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday (June 20th). She is shown here with Martin M. Tveter, comptroller of the Fair, who presented her with the gifts seen at the left of the picture."
"Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiling Breton's "Song of the Lark" on July 10, 1934. The painting was voted the most popular in America in a contest conducted by the Chicago Daily News. The Art Institute of Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition of Fine Arts."
"Part of the 400 policeman who took part in the Chicago Day parade at the World's Fair on Tuesday , October 9th. The police contingent was made up of 250 police and 50 from each of the three park forces. They were reviewed by Mayor E. J. Kelly and other city officials who were guests of honor at the Fair."
"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."
"The Sultan of Johore takes advantage of his visit to the new World's Fair where he was honored today (Thursday) to dedicate Frank Buck's 'Bring 'Em Back Alive' show on the Midway. Buck and Sultan have long been personal friends. His Highness is on the right."
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