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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Barges loaded with lumber arrive at the Century of Progress in 1933.]
"Barney Oldfield and his 'Hell Drivers' in their thrilling feats of driving skill and daring provided the big moment for thousands of Chicago's school children who attended A Century of Progress Thursday. Here is a section of the crowd that watched the veteran driver spin around the quarter-mile oval Chrysler Motors' track."
[Bathroom appliance display at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
"Be a Swell Person - Take an Orphan to the Fair. Here we see Frank Mandel, brother of Leon Mandel, who started the campaign doing his bit toward making it a success by taking a group of crippled children from the Martha Washington home for crippled children for an outing at the World's Fair. Mrs. Mandel is helping him entertain two of the children as they pose for photographers in the Court of Honor. The children are Alexander Pappas and Sylvia Cordinia."
"'Be a swell person -- Take an Orphan to the Fair' is the motto of the movement started by the Mandel Brothers, State street department store, to help charitable Chicagoans take under-privileged children on World's Fair outings. Shown here is Leon Mandel, general manager, with the first of the groups to visit the exposition, composed of boys from the Bohemian Orphan asylum, the Illinois Protestant Children's home, and the Chicago Home for Jewish children. A special department, under the management of Mrs. Jennie Pervin, has been organized in the club women's bureau on the ninth floor of the store, to assist persons planning orphan parties; such persons may write, call in person, or telephone State 1500. Orphans, in groups of three or more, will be admitted to the Fair grounds for five cents each."
"Because an exhibit of model trains, designed for youngsters, made such a hit with grown-ups last year on Enchanted Island at the World's Fair, the officials in charge of the display decided to move it to Travel and Transport building this season where it continues to hold the popularity of youngsters between the ages of six and sixty."
[Bedouin family sitting underneath a tent at the Century of Progress "Foreign Villages" exhibit.] [This is a poor family that might have come to Chicago for work.]
"Before they leave the factory, Mazda lamps are put through eleven exacting tests. Miss Gladys Armstrong demonstrates how it is done in the General Electric Exhibit."
[Bow of S-49 submarine looking aft. Off to the left is the Italian Building. Third from left in the front row is William "Doc" Keeney, co-owner of S-49; fourth from left is Francis J. "Frank" Chrestensen, the other co-owner. Photo was taken ca. June 1933 when the submarine arrived at A Century of Progress.]
"Bowl. Mosaic glass, produced by melting together glass rods. Syria. 1st century A.D. The rarest type of mosaic glass known."
"'Boy Howdy! This is our idea of a sandwich,' exclaims Audrey Hoesch and Glen Hillgartner as they bite into the first portion of the world's largest ham sandwich today at the World's Fair, while Phillip R. Reed, treasurer of Armour & Company; Ed Graule, chef, and John R. Thompson, Jr., look on. This eight foot square sandwich on which more than 1,200 children feasted, weighed 325 pounds."
"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."
"Budy Mabry, age 11, of 106 North Edith Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has come to the fair all alone to see the sights."
Building at Chicago's Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.
Building at the left is a replica of the Lincoln-Berry store where Abraham Lincoln clerked in New Salem, Illinois.
Building the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934
"Built to demonstrate the use of light as an architectural element in the appearance of buildings, this model city in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress is complete to the stalled automobile being towed to a nearby garage."
"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."
"Canoe tilting, which gives the unlucky loser a sudden ducking, is one of the many water sports provided for the amusement of visitors at the Swift's Bridge of the new Chicago World's Fair."
[Cars driving around track at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
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