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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[The Monforte Sisters (the four women playing the instruments standing towards the rear left) perform at the Century of Progress Italian Village.]
[Women constructing an adobe wall at the Century of Progress Mexican Village.]
[Women in colonial American military costumes drumming in Colonial Village.] [The drummers led the army when they fought.] [Did women and men fight wars in colonial times?]
"A view from the Hall of Science toward Lake Michigan"
"Artistic lighting effects are used on this statue which is on display at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair." [The statue is large, white, and beautiful.]
"At Enchanted Island, the center of children's activities of A Century of Progress Exposition 1934, Chicago -- 'Trestle Mike' and 'Skyscraper Sally' guarding the entrance to the playground area and picnic ground east of the theater."
"Electricity at Work in the model show window presents such features as indirect lighting, a revolving platform for mannequins and many other innovations at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"From the lounge, on the roof of General Electric's 'House of Magic,' the company's story of electricity in home and industry presents this impressive appearance."
"Milfiori Bowl. This glass of a 'thousand flowers' is made by fusing many tiny glass rods. Syria, 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D."
"Mirror. The Etruscan goddess of wisdom, Minerva, draws with her spear tip the head of a horrible monster Medusa, which turns to stone those who see it, so that the hero Perseus may kill her without looking directly at her. Italy, 5th century B.C."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, is bossing the job while Victor Bump, 27 years old and 50 inches tall, works on the Chevrolet Assembly line in the General Motors Building at the World's Fair. Both of these small people are members of Midget City at the Century of Progress."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, thinks she would make a good radiator cap for the 1934 Chevrolet. Miss Fawkes is one of the residents of Midget City at the World's Fair and was a visitor in the General Motors Building." [I can see a lady on the car. She can flip over when it stops.]
"Redressing Hall of Science for the New Fair. E. Pantano is shown here repairing an exhibit in the chemistry section, showing the formation of sulphuric acid. Scientific exhibits will be considerably enlarged and improved for the opening of the new Exposition in Chicago May 26th."
"Saint Michael. Steatite. 'The Archangel Michael' in Greek, abbreviated. Syria. 10th century A.D."
"The Hall of Social Science is one of the most important exhibits at the Exposition. The social development of mankind, his home, environment and education are shown at this exhibit."
"The smiling Egyptian cat-goddess Bast. Made in lapis-lazuli and adorned with golden earrings. Ptolemaic, Egyptian, 3rd Century B.C. Exhibited in the North Wing Hall of Religion at the Century of Progress." ["The cat is wearing earrings. The cat is dark and has big scary eyes but it is smiling like it is happy. The cat's nose looks like a person's nose."]
"The Syrian weather God Hadad. The up turned shoes indicate the influence of the Hittites who conquered North Syria, but the dress is Assyrian. The only trace of his bull origin is to be seen in the thorns on his head. The thunderbolt is broken. Aleppo, Syria. 10th century B.C."
"To show what makes the wheels go 'round in a steam turbine, General Electric has this full-size 50 horsepower, two-stage turbine and governor, cut away to expose the working parts, in its exhibit at A Century of Progress."
Abraham Lincoln impersonator at the Abraham Lincoln complex, Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. [Abraham Lincol grew up on a farm? Why is he making fun of Abraham Lincoln?]
Century of Progress aerial photograph by the Chicago Ariel Survey Company.
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