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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A native American Indian poses for the photographer at the South Dakota exhibit at the Court of States, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[Contestant at the Miss Century of Progress Contest.]
[Peggy Klein of Ottawa, IL, the six millionth visitor at Swift's bridge, and William McAvoy, of Rochester, NY, the nine millionth visitor to A Century of Progress, holding their prize gifts at a reception held in their honor at Swift's Restaurant.]
[Singer Laura T. Martin posing in front of the Century of Progress Avenue of Flags.]
'The grand champions of the square dance. Sylvia Riley, 16, 3342 Oketo Avenue and Steve Horvath, 18, 3311 Pontiac Avenue were adjudged the best team of two in the National Square Dance Contest finals at the Lagoon Theater at the Century of Progress, Sunday. Both, in addition to winning the individual prize, were members of the team of eight that captured second place in that division. The contest, which has been running for a week, was for $1500 in cash in merchandise prizes. It was sponsored by the Reliance Manufacturing Company."
"A potato queen and the winner of a 4H Club canning contest view the Fair as their prize for their victories. Frances Krause, 21 years old, Lapeer Michigan, is Michigan's first Potato Queen, a title which she won at the Lapeer County Fair on September 27th from a field of 90 contestants. Merle Ruah, 14 years old, is the winner of the canning contest at the same Fair."
"After 50 years of remaining in St. Louis, Louis Aubuchon, 94, is busy making up for his lack of travel by visiting the Chicago World's Fair. He is shown here at the Swiss Village with Dorothy Benson attempting to feed one of the mountain goats."
"Arthur Bublitz and Lenore Feldon offer a bit of native dancing [known as] the Jarabe dance, at the Mexican Village at the World's Fair. They are featured in the show that entertains afternoons and nights at the village."
"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."
"Divine powers may open jail doors but not the Chicago World's Fair gates, according to Prophet Jonas Israel - never known by his worldly name of John B. Nash - a visitor to the Fair today (Friday). The prophet has spent a good deal of time in jails and walked out of many of them through the aid of divine power, he says. He paid 50 cents to get into the Fair."
"G.F. Swift, President of Swift and Company, seated, signing a contract with Dr. Frederick A. Stock, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This contract will bring the free concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the World's Fair as an entertainment feature of Swift and Company's exhibit, beginning July 1st. Concert period will extend for 10 weeks."
"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."
"Laura T. Martin, director of music at the University of Mississippi, as she appeared in the recital at the Illinois Host building at the Chicago World's Fair Monday evening (July 30th)."
"Madame Fatma Hamat Kravich, bearing out the theme of her lecture by wearing the modern costume of Turkish women, spoke on the present day estate of women in Turkey Wednesday (July 11) in the Hall of Religion at the World's Fair."
"Marie Lubas, 18 years old, who presided as Ukrainian Queen during the impressive ceremonies which her race observed on Ukrainian Day at the World's Fair. Miss Lubas, who lives at 2215 West Rice St., is the contestant for her nationality in the 'Miss Century of Progress' popularity contest which closes Monday at midnight."
"Marie Martinez, Pueblo Indian woman, with a 1934 Council Fire medal presented to her last night (Friday, September 7) during Indian day ceremonies at the World's Fair, for the 'outstanding achievement of an Indian.' She is considered the most artistic maker of Indian pottery."
"Miss Marian Rybarcyk, popularity queen of Calumet City, Ill., receiving the certificate of her popularity from Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of the World's Fair. The ceremony was the highlight of a colorful program celebrating St. Andrew's Day at the Chicago World's Fair Court of States, Sunday (July 18)."
"More than 1200 children attending the World's Fair today (Thursday) feasted on the world's largest ham sandwich prepared by the John R. Thompson Company. This eight foot square sandwich weighed 325 pounds, its ingredients consisting of 260 pounds of dough, 60 pounds of ham and 10 pounds of butter."
"Myrtice Crory, of the Firestone Tire exhibit at the World' Fair, a runner-up in the beauty contest finals staged last week to find the fairest employee of A Century of Progress, is enriched by $10 for her guess on the number of precious stones contained in the 18 articles in the Chinese Imperial Gold Collection in Streets of Shanghai at the World's Fair. She estimated the number at 7550. The correct count is 6307 according to Herbert J. Devine, the exhibitor, who is pictured here presenting Miss Corey with an envelope containing a $10 bill for her winning guess."
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