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[Artist's rendition of a nineteenth-century estate somewhere along the Atlantic seaboard. The workers in the painting appear to be harvesting the bark off the birch trees. Strips of birch bark were often used as a veneer for canoes of other hand-crafted items.]
[Photo of general manager Lenox R. Lohr dining with other invited guests at a luncheon. Lohr is seated at the far end of the table in the center.]
[Possible portrait of early American statesmen and inventor Ben Franklin conducting his famous lightening experiment with his son. In 1752, Franklin flew a kite with a metal key attached during a thunderstorm to prove that lightening was made of electricity. Although European scientists were already conducting similar experiments with electricity, Franklin is credited as the first one to propose using a metal rod or some other conductor to draw off electricity from lightening. Franklin's scientific achievements won him the admiration of Enlightenment intellectuals in Europe and North America and secured his reputation as a leading scientist.]
[View of the Enchanted Island exhibit under construction in preparation for the Chicago World's Fair. Enchanted Island was built between the lagoon and Lake Michigan, and included a mountainside slide, a fairy castle, a mechanical zoo, a miniature railroad, and a theater, among other exhibits. This photo was taken in January of 1933.]
"A charming little structure with a comfortable, restful, and delightful interior, is the Illinois Host Building. In this building, Illinois plays host to other states and dignitaries are entertained."
"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.]
"Electricity at Work in the model show window presents such features as indirect lighting, a revolving platform for mannequins and many other innovations at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Georges N. Potie, former Ford star salesman in Antwerp, Belgium, now president of both the Belgian and Swiss villages at A Century of Progress in Chicago, here is pictured about to start a wooden-show race between dancing girls of the Belgian Village on the reproduction of Aerschot, Belgium, exhibited in the Roads of the World, Ford Exposition, A Century of Progress, Chicago. All of the girls are from Antwerp [except two, one from Ghent, the other from Steendorp]."
"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."
"Orville Sontag (left) winner of the first prize in the Model Yacht regatta, held Sunday (September 9th) in the South Lagoon of the World's Fair, is shown receiving from B.C. Freidman the trophy emblematic of victory at [the] meeting of contestants in the Chicago Parks exhibit at the Century of Progress. Sontag's entry, the trim Monsoon, scored 19 points while leading all the other tiny craft [that] raced with automatic steering control over a 1,000 foot course."
"Patricia Marquam, Fair beauty queen, and Phil Baker, Armour's star jester on the radio, see and hear each other over the very latest in two-way telephone-television at the Television theater in the Electrical building at the new World's Fair in Chicago. This picture shows the manner in which the phone booths are equipped and the image each saw. Patricia has just interrupted one of Phil's jokes with a merry quip of her own which, as can be seen, beings a broad grin to Phil's face."
"Paul Revere's House for Colonial Village of New World's Fair. This faithful reproduction of the oldest house in Boston, built some time between 1650 and 1680, is rising side by side with Old North Church, Mount Vernon, Benjamin Franklin's printing shop and scores of other buildings famed for hundreds of years in American history. The Colonial Village will be seen on the Fair's street of foreign villages when the exposition opens May 26."
"Pursuing the quest for knowledge with the same zest with which they participated in greased pig races, pie eating contests, and other competitions staged at the Fair during the summer, thousands of Chicago school students are taking advantage of the reduced rate student tours offered by the management of the Chicago World's Fair. To enable students to see the many educational features of the Exposition, admission prices for children in groups of ten or more have been reduced to five cents with accompanying teachers admitted free. Here a group of sixth graders from the Lewis Champlin school are getting the visual instruction in the art of glassblowing from Maestro Romano Zanetti, one of the master craftsmen in the Venice-Murano exhibit."
"Reunion in Chicago! The Chicago World's Fair was the meeting place yesterday (Sunday) for a brother and sister who had not seen each other for more than forty years. Mrs. Amelia Scott of Long Beach, California who left her home in Kerlsruhe, Baden, Germany, to make her home in the United States for the dual purpose of seeing the World's Fair and her brother Eugene Oeschler, a Chicago salesman. The pair had not met since Mrs. Scott left Germany, although Oeschler came from Germany in 1923."
"Reunion in Chicago! The Chicago World's Fair was the meeting place yesterday (Sunday) for a brother and sister who had not seen each other for more than forty years. Mrs. Amelia Scott of Long Beach, California, who left her home in Kerlsruhe, Baden, Germany in 1892 to make her home in the United States for the dual purpose of seeing the World's Fair and her brother Eugene Oeschler, a Chicago salesman. The pair has not met since Mrs. Scott left Germany, although Oeschler cam from Germany in 1923."
"Three new musical instruments, an electrical violin, a clavier, and an electrical guitar, attract much comment from spectators at the outdoor science theater in the court of the Hall of Science at the World's Fair. The instruments are the invention of Lloyd Loar, lecturer on the physics of music at Northwestern University, who is seated at the clavier. The other musicians are Charles Stein (left) and Ruth Brenner (right). The instruments produce an electrical current which is amplified and converted into sound by the loudspeaker shown in the picture."
"Twelve year old Madonna Longardner of Akron, Indiana, one of the winners of a circulation drive conducted by the South Bend News-Times, is shown here with Ko Ko the clown at the Children's Checking Service on the Enchanted Island where Miss Longardner was checked during her stay at the Fair. Along with Madonna came 34 other winners in a party headed by M.B. Bonner."
"When Ella Nora Newholm, a post office clerk, of 118 South 14th Ave., East Duluth, Minn., stepped into the turnstile at the 12th St. entrance to the World's Fair on Tuesday night, September 4th, she had no idea she was making history. As she dropped her ticket into the hands of the guide on the gate she became the 10,000,000th visitor to A Century of Progress Exposition. She was greeted by M.M. Tveter, comptroller of the Fair and presented with a veritable armload of gifts, among which were: a Hild floor polishing machine, a ham, a clock, and other fine presents."
"When Mrs. Vernon Moore (upper left) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who as Francis Dagmera was premiere danseuse in many noted productions with the Pavley-Oukrainsky ballet, visited the Mexican Village at the World's Fair, she met two other former premieres, Mrs. E. McDonald (Marie Nemeroff), right, and Mrs. Howard Mayer (Helene Samuels). All three were premieres with the internationally known ballet from 1922 to 1925."
"With streams of water pouring on it from every direction, this motor and control equipment in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress demonstrates its suitability for use in many types of plants where water or other liquids are used."
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