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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[American Indian demonstrating the use of a bow and arrow at the Century of Progress Indian Village.]
"Amid all the glamour and excitement of a Hollywood premiere, the first international preview of a motion picture was held in the Lagoon theater at the World's Fair. the above picture shows a part of the crowd who witnessed the first showing of 'Our Daily Bread,' King Vidor's latest picture based on the back-to-the-land movement."
"Among the numerous gifts valued at several hundred dollars, to be presented to the sixteenth and last millionth visitor to the World's Fair today (Wednesday) will be a real, live monkey from the Frank Buck Jungle Camp at the Fair shown here with T.A. Loveland, manager of the Jungle Camp."
[Amusement park rides at the Century of Progress Enchanted Island.]
[An 1898 model automobile built by the Duryea Motor Wagon Company. Duryea began manufacturing automobiles in 1895 and was the first American company to build gasoline-powered vehicle in the United States.]
[An aerial panorama of the Century of Progress and the Chicago lakefront.]
An aerial view of the Century of Progress.
[An aerial view of the Exhibition Group building, with Lake Michigan in the background.]
[An aerial view of the Federal Building at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[An archeological exhibit representing a cross-section of artifacts found in a typical city garbage dump. The exhibit explains how archeologists can "read" the past of a given society by sifting through its trash.]
"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."
[An audience view of an orchestral performance at Ford's Symphony Gardens bandshell at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[An early 1930s minibus parked behind a late-nineteenth century model of a "horseless carriage," the prototype to Henry Ford's popular Model T automobile.]
[An early respirator, known as the Iron Lung, on display at A Century of Progress. The Iron Lung was designed to help polio victims breathe.]
[An eighteenth-century boring machine on display at A Century of Progress International Exposition, ca. 1933-1934.]
"An Electric Eye Size Sorter which automatically sorts ball bearings correctly according to size is one of the 'wonders' on display at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
[An Entertainer at the Oasis Village, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-34.]
"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."
[An exhibit depicting the development and use of metallurgy, tools, and machines in human history being constructed for display at one of the Fair's prehistoric exhibits.]
[An exterior view of the Electrical Building from vantage point of the Century of Progress lagoon.]
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