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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Part of the 700 boys from Pittsburgh who swarmed through the 14th street gates at the new World's Fair today (June 22nd), ready to enjoy everything from the Midway to the Egg Laying contest at the south end of the exposition grounds. They were guests of the Pittsburgh Press, having won the trip through a competition in circulation efforts. Between 8,000 and 10,000 Pittsburgh newsboys are expected to visit the Fair in a similar way this summer, guests of three Pittsburgh newspapers."
"Photographers are literally pouring in to the dental charm committee of the Chicago World's Fair which has undertaken a search for the Most Irresistible Smile in America. Frances Ingram, beauty authority (right), one of the judges, is checking over the photos of candidates with Nancy Frazer, chairman of the committee. Photos of more than 10,000 'smile' candidates have already been submitted. Three winners will be guests of the committee at the Century of Progress Exposition this summer. The judges are Miss Ingram, McClelland Barclay, the artist, and Margery Wilson, charm expert."
"Politely stepping aside to let his sister enter the turnstiles of the World's Fair today (Wednesday, August 29th) won for William McAvoy, 10, of Rochester, N.Y., the distinction of being the nine millionth visitor to the Fair. William, who is the son of "Wicky" McAvoy, who was famous a few years ago as first string catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, is shown here being greeted by Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of A Century of Progress. The honored youngster was presented with many gifts and was the guest of the Fair for the day."
"Professor Avard Fairbanks, sculptor, of the Division of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, who created the statue, 'Tragedy at Winter Quarters,' has just completed a companion piece to that classic. The second work, 'New Life,' depicting American folk of today, is seen here. It also is attracting thousands of visitors to A Century of Progress."
"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."
"Sarita Valiente, 10 year old visitor from Havana, Cuba, with both hands clutching nickels, is well prepared for her Children's Day visit to the Chicago World's Fair. A nickel is all it takes for anyone under 12 to pass practically any ticket office on the grounds that day. She is shown here in front of the Puerto Rican exhibit in the Court of States to which she paid a neighborly visit. Little Sarita is a niece of Guillermo Valiente, recently appointed Cuban vice-consul to Chicago."
"Smack! Together we make 15 million. That's enough for anybody. William McAvoy, (left) 10 years old thus greeted Peggy Klein, 8, as they met a reception at Swift's restaurant following the greeting of McAvoy as the nine millionth visitor to A Century of Progress - the Chicago World's Fair. He came through the gate at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday. Miss Klein was the six millionth visitor at Swift's bridge. She lives at 510 Pearl street, Ottawa, Ill. and he lives at 371 Schofield Road, Rochester, New York. He is the son of Wicky McAvoy, formerly first string catcher for Connie Mack's Athletics and now the conductor of a bowling alley in Rochester."
"Southern Illinois Beauty Queens at the Ford Building."
"The oldest and the youngest parishioners of St. Andrew's church of Calumet City, Illinois, Mrs. Valeria Perz, 73, and James Muschelwiscz, 3, were presented to an audience of their fellow-parishioners at the colorful ceremony held in the Court of States at the Chicago World's Fair on Sunday, July 8. The day was the church's official celebration at the Fair and an elaborate program of dancing, music, speeches and gymnastic exercises was presented."
"The one millionth visitor to the Sears-Roebuck model home at A Century of Progress was received yesterday by John H. Mullen, director of the exhibit. The lucky visitor was Mrs. Dorothy Trengove of Catlettsburg, Kentucky. Mrs. Trengove was presented with a vacuum cleaner and a watch."
"Twelve year old Madonna Longardner of Akron, Indiana, one of the winners of a circulation drive conducted by the South Bend News-Times, is shown here with Ko Ko the clown at the Children's Checking Service on the Enchanted Island where Miss Longardner was checked during her stay at the Fair. Along with Madonna came 34 other winners in a party headed by M.B. Bonner."
"Victor Clement, of the Dutch Village and Miss Daisy Fisher of 1360 ½ Estes Avenue, two of the entrants in the Grand Opera Contest, who appeared last night in the first preliminary held at the Lagoon Theater. Preliminaries will be held every night this week and the finals on Saturday night. A Contract with the Grand opera Company will be awarded to the winning man and woman."
"When Ella Nora Newholm, a post office clerk, of 118 South 14th Ave., East Duluth, Minn., stepped into the turnstile at the 12th St. entrance to the World's Fair on Tuesday night, September 4th, she had no idea she was making history. As she dropped her ticket into the hands of the guide on the gate she became the 10,000,000th visitor to A Century of Progress Exposition. She was greeted by M.M. Tveter, comptroller of the Fair and presented with a veritable armload of gifts, among which were: a Hild floor polishing machine, a ham, a clock, and other fine presents."
"When Mrs. Louisa Schmidt, 72, visited the World's Fair today (Monday) she wanted to see the furniture exhibits in the General Exhibits building as they brought back memories of the days when she worked in a similar display at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876. Mrs. Schmidt whose home is in Atlantic City brought her gate and employee pass of the 1876 Exposition with her."
"With actual size packages and novelties as a lure, visitors jammed the Foods and Agriculture building today (Saturday) at the Chicago World's Fair. The above picture shows a part of the crowd collecting their free gifts from one of the forty exhibitors participating in the 'Free Souvenir Day.'"
"Youth and beauty both trying for an opportunity to win a contract with the opera in the Grand Opera contest that is being held at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress. The finals will be held tomorrow night and the winning man and woman will receive a contract with the opera. Left is Wilbert Liebling, 13, 1313 South Kedzie Ave., and Margaret Terrell Whiteman, 401 Fullerton Parkway."
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