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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A Fair tour guide handing out official guidebooks to visitors at A Century of Progress International Exposition, ca. 1933-1934.]
[The Hupmobile exhibit at A Century of Progress International Exposition, ca. 1933-1934. The exhibit here displays the interior of the vehicle, allowing patrons to see the frame and engine clearly. The Hupmobile was manufactured by the Hupp Motor Company of Detroit, founded by Craig and Louis Hupp in 1908. Hupp Motors manufactured automobiles from 1909 to 1940, when the company went out of business.]
"'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."
"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."
"C.H. Worcester, trustee of the Art Institute, points out one of its many valuable art treasures to Baron Maurice Rothschild who is in Chicago visiting the World's Fair. The baron is a member of the French senate and is completing a round-the-world tour. After lunching with Lenox R. Lohr, general manager of the World's Fair, the baron made a tour of the grounds and then visited Wings of a Century."
"Divine powers may open jail doors but not the Chicago World's Fair gates, according to Prophet Jonas Israel - never known by his worldly name of John B. Nash - a visitor to the Fair today (Friday). The prophet has spent a good deal of time in jails and walked out of many of them through the aid of divine power, he says. He paid 50 cents to get into the Fair."
"Facsimile of the souvenir ticket, in form of a certificate of last day attendance, which will be given to every person who goes through the turnstiles at A Century of Progress on the final day, Wednesday, October 31. The certificate will be handed out, not at the ticket windows but at the turnstiles, and will be available from the opening hour until midnight. It bears the signatures of Rufus C. Dawes, president, and L.R. Lohr, general manager of the Exposition."
"George Blagden, husky long distance swimmer, who represented the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Memphis, Tenn., in the 15 mile marathon grind at A Century of Progress in 1933, finishing second to Marvin Nelson, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, is out to capture the championship event when it is again staged on Sunday, July 22nd, at the World's Fair in Chicago. Nelson set a new American record of 7 hours, 22 minutes and 24 3-5 seconds to lead Blagden across the finishing line. Blagden is reported in great trim for the grueling battle. The race is sponsored by William Randolph Hearst, who has posted a purse of $10,000, the winner to receive $5,000.The race will start at the Seventy-ninth Street beach on Chicago's south side, with the course laid along the shore line of Lake Michigan and the last seven miles to be swum in the World's Fair Lagoon."
"Gloria Swanson looks up and gasps as W.R. Voght, superintendent of the Skyride, points out the platform, 628 feet straight up, from which she has just previewed the 1934 World's Fair. She was the first 1934 Skyride rider."
"Helena Rubenstein, international beauty authority, gets a glimpse of the beauty that is A Century of Progress through a window in the ultra-modernistic Trustees' room of the Administration building. Her guide, who is pointing out the sights, is Lucia Lewis."
"It's 'curtains' for those familiar, old, green Pullman curtains. They're out. This photo posed to show the new arrangement in the flashing, 110-miles-an-hour, all-aluminum streamlined Pullman Pacific train which is being exhibited at the World's Fair of 1934 in Chicago. Just close the aluminum door and presto, it's a nice private drawing room, convenient and homelike even if it was just a Pullman section during the daytime."
"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."
"Madame Fatma Hamat Kravich, bearing out the theme of her lecture by wearing the modern costume of Turkish women, spoke on the present day estate of women in Turkey Wednesday (July 11) in the Hall of Religion at the World's Fair."
"Mrs. Arthur Hand, wife of the first violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a champion rooter during a championship softball game at Grant Park, Chicago, today (Monday, July 23), as her husband's concert associates were defeating the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by a score of 18 to 17. On frequent occasions she pranced right out upon the first base coaching line to scream words of encouragement to the victorious Chicagoan Symphonians. Here she is pictured just as the winning run went over the plate."
"North approach to the Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress Exposition, which opens May 27th and continues until November 1st. The beautiful carillon tower rising above the Hall is equipped with mellow-toned chimes that send their music floating out over the grounds throughout the day and night. Inside the Hall of Science, Exposition visitors view dramatic action exhibits of industries closely related to the basic sciences. The building comprises superb examples of modern architecture. It is U-shaped with two arms reaching down to a sparkling lagoon, and enclosing a court of three acres. In the center of its upper terrace is a circular well, forming the base of a court colorful with pools, fountains and flower-gardens."
"Spring weather brought these girls out to look over the Wilson and Co. exhibit at the new World's Fair which opens May 28th. They are among 250 selected from 1,000 to work at the exhibit this summer. They are shown grouped around a model of the Wilson building."
"Striking in color and architecture and with an attractive Sky Ride studded background, the Italian building at A Century of Progress was the subject for this interesting miniature camera study by William Burton Larsen, 7208 Ridge Boulevard, Chicago. This is one of the 49 beautiful pictures hung out of the 360 entries in the recent contest sponsored at the Hall of Photography by the Miniature Camera Club of Chicago."
"The smallest man in the world, Capt. Werner Ritter (age 21, height 18 inches, weight 19-3/4 pounds) visits the smallest distillery bottling line in the world at the Hiram Walker Exhibit, a new attraction at A Century of Progress. As the picture was snapped Capt. Ritter was being kidded out of a miniature rage which developed when one of the 22 co-eds who attend the bottling line, tried to cuddle him like a baby. 'Das ist nicht gut,' asserted the midget (he speaks only German). The reason for his anger was revealed when he asked permission to keep the miniature souvenir bottle, held in his left hand, as a present to his pint-sized sweetheart in the Midget Village."
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