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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Gloria Swanson, first 1934 Skyride visitor, takes a close-up inspection of the Hall of Science after getting a bird's-eye-view of it and the rest of the new World's Fair from the top of the 628 foot Skyride tower seen in the background."
"Gloria Swanson, first Skyride visitor in 1934, wears a broad smile as she gets back to earth after previewing the new World's Fair from the air, atop the 628-foot tower seen in the background. Whether the smile indicates the satisfaction at what she saw or relief at being back on solid ground again, Miss Swanson did not say."
"Governor Dave Sholtz of Florida, shown as he inspected the combined troops of the army, navy, and marine corps detachments stationed at Camp Franklin D. Roosevelt at A Century of Progress, Chicago, when he visited the Fair as guest of honor for Florida Day yesterday (July 20)."
"Governor Eugene Talmadge of Georgia (right) as he inspected United States troops of Camp Franklin D. Roosevelt of the World's Fair, upon his arrival at the Fair today (Tuesday). The governor came here to officiate at Georgia Day exercises in the Court of States late this afternoon, a high spot on the program for the celebration of Georgia Week at the Fair. Col. Morris Keck (center), commandant of Camp Roosevelt, and Lieut. Charles L. Hutton, U.S. Navy, are shown with the governor."
"Grace and perfect form is seen as Henrietta Burmeister does a swan dive in the lagoon at the Swift Bridge at the new Chicago World's Fair. This is one of the many free attractions provided for Fair visitors."
"Grace Moore, star of opera, screen, and radio, sounding her 'ah' for Ruth Gordon, actress of fame, on stage of the Globe Theater in Merrie England, while they were visiting the World's Fair [on] Labor Day. Miss Moore [is] on her way from Los Angeles to New York to give a performance."
"Great Hall of the massive Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress exposition, which opens May 27th and closes November 1st. Ceilings, panels, balconies, and stairways of the building embody new and superb examples of modern architectural design. Here the spirit of man's scientific achievement during the past 100 years, the predominant note of the Exposition -- finds concrete expression. The hall of Science houses a wealth of exhibits by industries closely related to the basic industries, with sections devoted to biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and medicine."
"Harvey Firestone, tire magnate, presents Virgil A. Cullberg, farmer, of Near Paton, Iowa, with complete set of tractor wheels and tires when the latter signs as the two millionth visitor to the Firestone exhibit at the World's Fair."
"Having pursued a two year course in accounting in the commercial classes of Northwestern College, of Watertown, Wis., Meinhardt Raabe, aged 18, who is one of the inhabitants of the Midget Village at the World's Fair gladly cooperated today (June 22nd) with Dr. C.W. Dupertius, of Harvard University in a bit of scientific research. The doctor, who is director of the Anthropometric Laboratory in the Social Science Hall, measured the heads and bodies of the midgets for the purpose of comparing the statistics with fully grown adults. Meinhardt, a resident of Johnson's Creek, Wis., is 48 ½ inches tall, weighs 58 pounds and is crazy about tennis."
"Heber J. Grant, president of the Mormon Church, was a guest at the World's Fair today (Tuesday, September 11). Left to right are Mrs. J. Reuben Clark, President Grant, Mrs. Grant, and J. Reuben Clark, second counselor to the president of the church and a former ambassador to Mexico, as they arrived at the Fair where they were greeted officially by Rufus C. Dawes, president of the Exposition."
"Herbert Laufman, 13, of Houston, Texas, is showing his fellow townsman, Ervin Lee Stein, Il., just how the model "L" cars operate at the Rapid Transit exhibit in the Hall of Science at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two boys visited A Century of Progress as guests of the Houston Examiner."
"Here are presented the various methods of concealed and exposed wiring which are on display at the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Here are presented various electrical heating appliances which occupy a prominent part of the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Here are shown the two ten ton Frigidaire condensing units which provide a change of air every two minutes in the Electric Light and Power Industry's puppet theater on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair. The complete process of the air-cooling unit in operation is also on display at the exhibit."
"Here is depicted in miniature the first Edison Central Station which was constructed in New York in 1882. This is shown as a part of the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Here is depicted the perfect home work shop which is a feature of the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"How would you like to go romping with a shovel-nosed elephant? It was quite the proper caper back in the stone age, according to Edyth Arlen, Neanderthal woman in the 'World A Million Years Ago' at the World's Fair. Edyth learned all about the shovel-noses in the legends handed down by her ancestors."
"Humans may like pie eating contests but monkeys prefer bananas in the raw if you don't mind, as you may readily see by this picture, which was snapped yesterday during the height of the World's Fair Monkey Banana Pie Eating Contest staged at the Frank Buck show on Northerly Island. A real monkey riot was precipitated shortly after this picture was taken by a gentleman who came to the show with a dozen real bananas."
"If expressions mean anything, Gloria Swanson and her party seem rather pleased with what they saw when they previewed the new World's Fair from the top of the west Sky-Ride tower. With Miss Swanson are Walter N. Greaza, leading man in the sketch in which she is now appearing at the Chicago Theater, and her secretary, Mrs. H.A. Richardson. The guard, resplendent in his new uniform, is J.F. Murphy."
"In a spacious section of the General Electric exhibit at a Century of Progress, new models of G.E. refrigerators -- commercial and domestic -- water coolers, and the single unit apartment house kitchenette may be examined by World's Fair visitors."
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