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[Photograph of a batter playing in softball game between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra won the game 18-17 when Dan Seidenberg, a cellist with the CSO, hit a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning. Both orchestras performed at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 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.]
[Women in colonial American military costumes drumming in Colonial Village.] [The drummers led the army when they fought.] [Did women and men fight wars in colonial times?]
"An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first appearance of the Bruce Toy Symphony Orchestra of Kansas City today (Tuesday) at the Court of States when it opened a three-day engagement. This unusual group of 60 children ranging from four to eight years, plays classical selections on marimbas, xylophones, orchestra bells, celestas, and a full complement of percussion instruments."
"Barbara Lou and Lawrence Jeffers, of Jacksonville, Fla., the 'Sunshine Twins' of radio fame, looked in on the exhibit of their native state when they visited the Worlds Fair as the result of carrying off first honors in a buck and wing dance competition staged at Benton Harbor, Mich., recently."
"Bud Fisher who climbs the high flag poles on the Avenue of Flags at A Century of Progress, gives the crowds there a real thrill when he poises as for a dive to the asphalt 90 feet below him, on the top rung of the Mack fire truck extension ladder. He performs thrilling feats on the ladder daily when not busy with the flags."
"Chicago: New World's records in swimming are promised when these three champions start paddling in their favorite events on the program of the National A.A.U. outdoor title racing carnival in the World's Fair Lagoon, scheduled for July 6, 7, and 8. One of the greatest fields ever assembled will compete in the eleven titular events carded. Picture here, from top to bottom, are Leonard Spence, of the New York A.C., Ralph Flanagan, of the Greater Miami A.A., and Jack Medica, of the Washington A.C., Seattle. Leonard Spence is the National A.A.U. breastroke world's record holder at 220 yards and 440 yards champion in this style. Flanagan holds the American mark for one mile, 21 minutes, 12 1/5 seconds. Medica boasts the world's record, 10 minutes 15.4 seconds for 880 yards, free style."
"Ford's 'Drama of Transportation' in New World's Fair. This is a conception by Hugh Ferriss of what the interior of the great Ford Building will look like when A Century of Progress opens in Chicago May 26. In this building, 900 feet long, the major portion of a $1,500,000 exhibit, will be dramatized the story of the contributions of science, industry and agriculture to the modern automobile. Opposite the structure will be a free park with seats for concert and entertainment programs."
"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."
"Governor Dave Sholtz of Florida, shown as he inspected the combined troops of the army, navy, and marine corps detachments stationed at Camp Franklin D. Roosevelt at A Century of Progress, Chicago, when he visited the Fair as guest of honor for Florida Day yesterday (July 20)."
"Harvey Firestone, tire magnate, presents Virgil A. Cullberg, farmer, of Near Paton, Iowa, with complete set of tractor wheels and tires when the latter signs as the two millionth visitor to the Firestone exhibit at the World's Fair."
"Left to right - Mrs. Chester McCall, Mr. McCall, assistant secretary of commerce; Mrs. Daniel C. Roper, Secretary of Commerce Roper, Robert Sevey, Chicago manager of the Department of Commerce, and Rufus C. Dawes, president of the Century of Progress viewing the 1934 World's Fair from the veranda of the Trustees' lounge in the Hall of Science today when Mr. Roper and his party paid the fair an informal visit."
"Miss Evelyn Ronnestad of Minneapolis, Minn., was overjoyed today (Tuesday) when her purse, containing $25 of oil and gas money for the trip home for her and her party, was found and returned after being lost in the Sears building of A Century of Progress. The purse, which was missing for several hours, was found by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Maxwell of Titusville, Pa. The picture shows Miss Ronnestad (left) receiving her purse back from Miss Florence E. Johnson of the Sears information desk."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, thinks she would make a good radiator cap for the 1934 Chevrolet. Miss Fawkes is one of the residents of Midget City at the World's Fair and was a visitor in the General Motors Building." [I can see a lady on the car. She can flip over when it stops.]
"Officials from the state of Florida were present yesterday (July 20) when Florida Day was observed at A Century of Progress. Shown here are, left to right: Attorney-general Carey D. Landis; Gov. Dave Sholtz, the governor's father, and Col. Harold Colee, military aide to the governor."
"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."
"Roberta Nesbin, 7 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nesbin, Cleveland, who made her first airplane trip when she was 14 months of age, flew to the World's Fair from Cleveland yesterday (Tuesday, August 7th). She is shown here holding a beer stein her grandfather, the late Lawrence Mullen of Philadelphia, bought when he attended the Columbian Exposition here in 1893."
"Sarah Ann McCabe, pretty NBC radio star, waves at her public from the model of the 70 story-story RCA building in Rockefeller Center, New York City, headquarters of the NBC. The model, located in the Hall of Social Science at the World's Fair, is lighted by an artificial sun when a visitor steps on the 'radio carpet' surrounding it."
"The reward of victory! Jane Fite, fair passenger of Bob Milow in the 1,500 meter relay rickshaw race held Friday, July 13th, at the Chicago World's Fair, wipes the fevered brow of the victorious runner. Milow and his partner, George Nelson, track captain of the Armour Tech team, when he is not working, ran the distance in 4:19.4 for their employers, the Coca-Cola exhibit."
"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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