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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Edward H. Whyte, of San Francisco, CA, superintendent of the California Parole Department, at the Central States Parole conference which was convened at Illinois Host House at the Century of Progress International Exposition in 1934.]
[Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, first lady of the land, renewed an old acquaintanceship when she visited 'Slim' Williams, pilot of the dog team which made the famous dash from Copper Center, Alaska to A Century of Progress last year, during her recent visit to the World's Fair.]
[The mosque float, which won first place at the Venetian Carnival, held in the World's Fair Lagoon at A Century of Progress International Exposition, 1934.]
"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."
"Gloria Swanson is all smiles as she steps from the elevator of the west Skyride tower from the top of which she previewed the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Swanson was the first 1934 Skyride visitor."
"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."
"If expressions mean anything, Gloria Swanson and her party seem rather pleased with what they saw when they previewed the new World's Fair from the top of the west Sky-Ride tower. With Miss Swanson are Walter N. Greaza, leading man in the sketch in which she is now appearing at the Chicago Theater, and her secretary, Mrs. H.A. Richardson. The guard, resplendent in his new uniform, is J.F. Murphy."
"John Jay high school, Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded the Century of Progress trophy given to the school which won the greatest number of individual awards in the International commercial schools contest concluded at the World's Fair Thursday night (June 28th). E.W. Harrison, teacher in the school received the award from Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of the Fair. To the right is Violet Molner, Cleveland, who won first place in the amateur shorthand event for high schools."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"William P. Wilkerson (Cherokee), president of the Indian Council Fire, confers with Marie Martinez, one of the outstanding pottery makers in the world, and Whirling Thunder seated at the left, and Clear Water (Ottawa) about the plans for American Indian Day at the World's Fair, which will be observed Friday, September 7th."
Model for Swift and Company's exhibit at the 1934 Century of Progress showing the water theater, "floating" stage, terraces, restaurants, and general details of the unique design. The major portion was to be built over the lagoon from the north side of the twenty-third street bridge, which would be dubbed the "Swift Bridge of Service."
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