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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Colonial American military reenactors on parade in Colonial Village.]
[General Electric exhibit displaying different types of lamps used throughout human history. Exhibit includes a stone lamp from ancient Babylonia; a crude saucer lamp from southern Europe; a bronze lamp from Rome; a Betty lamp used in colonial New England; a whale oil lamp likely used by an early Chicago family; Edison's first practical lamp; the "smallest lamp in the world," used for medical examination inside the human body; and the "largest lamp in the world," used for lighting airports, athletic fields, and in the motion picture industry.]
[Possible portrait of early American statesmen and inventor Ben Franklin conducting his famous lightening experiment with his son. In 1752, Franklin flew a kite with a metal key attached during a thunderstorm to prove that lightening was made of electricity. Although European scientists were already conducting similar experiments with electricity, Franklin is credited as the first one to propose using a metal rod or some other conductor to draw off electricity from lightening. Franklin's scientific achievements won him the admiration of Enlightenment intellectuals in Europe and North America and secured his reputation as a leading scientist.]
[Women in colonial American military costumes drumming in Colonial Village.] [The drummers led the army when they fought.]
[Women in colonial American military costumes on horseback.]
"A happy group of visitors after their first day at the new World's Fair from York and York County Pennsylvania. The party, under the chaperonage of Glenn E. Bailey and J.W. Barwick, numbers 153, and is composed of 75 school children and 60 teachers. They already have visited all exhibit buildings, the Field Museum, Colonial Village, the Lama Temple and Fort Dearborn. They leave Friday for home, and are staying at Judson Court, University of Chicago."
"Artists conception of new American Colonial Village for Chicago's new World's Fair. The village will contain authentic reproductions of buildings importnat in early American history. It will be the scene of dramatizations of important events in the building of America."
"Diorama of a general view of A Century of Progress. Constructed for the International Colonial Exposition at Paris, 1931."
"Diorama of a scene in Alaska showing Agriculture and Forestry. Constructed for the International Colonial Exposition at Paris, 1931."
"Diorama of Fort Dearborn, ca. 1809. Constructed for the International and Colonial Exposition, Paris, 1931."
"Diorama of the Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Constructed for the International Colonial Exposition at Paris, 1931."
"Diorama showing scene typical of Indian life in the Blackfoot country. Constructed for the International Colonial Exposition at Paris, 1931."
"Miss Helen Heman admires original painting, "The birthplace of Our Nation's Flag," now hanging in the Colonial village of the Chicago's World's Fair. The painting was so big that part of the roof of the Betsy Ross house had to be removed to admit it."
"Old North Church a Dominant Landmark of New Fair's Colonial Village. This ancient structure, as well as many others famed in American history, will be seen by visitors after the Fair opens in Chicago May 26. Its tower was the one Paul Revere looked to for the historic lanterns - 'One if by land, and two if by sea.' Its pulpit saw such preachers as Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Ware."
"Paul Revere, famous by his audacious ride, was a renowned silversmith and had a shop in Boston. The elegant lady in her soft blue flowery fashioned dress is showing a platter to her husband. His gray silver trimmed suit with the embroidered vest is of latest cut and proves that Revere's workmanship was appreciated in the best society."
"Paul Revere's House for Colonial Village of New World's Fair. This faithful reproduction of the oldest house in Boston, built some time between 1650 and 1680, is rising side by side with Old North Church, Mount Vernon, Benjamin Franklin's printing shop and scores of other buildings famed for hundreds of years in American history. The Colonial Village will be seen on the Fair's street of foreign villages when the exposition opens May 26."
"This old colonial stock failed to deprive Miss Georgie Berry, Richmond, Va., of her charming smile, even with the ridicule afforded by Miss Mildred Smith, left, of Wilbur, Wash., and Miss Betty Bort, Long Beach, Calif. The smile trio, finals in a national charm smile contest, visited A Century of Progress yesterday (Tuesday, July 24) and were luncheon guests at the Colonial Village where this picture was snapped by a Fair photographer."
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