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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[View of the Enchanted Island exhibit under construction in preparation for the Chicago World's Fair. Enchanted Island was built between the lagoon and Lake Michigan, and included a mountainside slide, a fairy castle, a mechanical zoo, a miniature railroad, and a theater, among other exhibits. This photo was taken in March of 1933.]
"At Enchanted Island, the center of children's activities of A Century of Progress Exposition 1934, Chicago -- 'The Fireman's Fountain.' This fountain is the source of the pool within the tropical garden. The electrical display inside stimulates fire."
"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."
"Because an exhibit of model trains, designed for youngsters, made such a hit with grown-ups last year on Enchanted Island at the World's Fair, the officials in charge of the display decided to move it to Travel and Transport building this season where it continues to hold the popularity of youngsters between the ages of six and sixty."
"Fannie Brice, Ziegfeld Follies star, looks in by way of television on three contestants for the title of 'Miss Chicago' who are shown in a large airliner at the World's Fair. The likeness of the Follies star shown in the portable television originated at the Television exhibit on Northerly Island of the Fair. A contract with the Follies awaits the winner of the beauty contest."
"From left to right: Wallace Sample, Cyril Hill, Mrs. W.B. Wilson, Mrs. W.T. Hall, Mrs. D. Q. Wilson and D. Q. Wilson are shown in the exhibit of the Oriental Institute in the Hall of Social Science on Northerly Island at A Century of Progress. They are inspecting a mummy which is believed to date from the 7th century B.C. Portions of the mummy's wrappings have been cut away so that visitors to this popular exhibit may see the method used by the ancients in wrapping the mummies. The specimen is loaned by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago."
"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."
"Patricia Marquam, Fair beauty queen, and Phil Baker, Armour's star jester on the radio, see and hear each other over the very latest in two-way telephone-television at the Television theater in the Electrical building at the new World's Fair in Chicago. This picture shows the manner in which the phone booths are equipped and the image each saw. Patricia has just interrupted one of Phil's jokes with a merry quip of her own which, as can be seen, beings a broad grin to Phil's face."
"This is the way it looks from behind. Warren Ashe, Miss Gladys Griswold and John Kane of the Milky Way Company at the Court theater inspecting the television apparatus at the Television Exhibition showing at the second floor of the Electrical Building, Northerly Island, A Century of Progress."
"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."
"Unable to remain overnight to take part in the official celebration of Governors' Day at the Chicago World's Fair, Governor and Mrs. Guy B. Parks of Missouri exhibit in the Court of States yesterday (Tuesday). The governor was en route to Mackinac Island where he will take part in the Governors' conference to he held there. He was regretful that public affairs prevented a more leisurely tour of the Exposition. The governor and Miss Parks are shown viewing the reproductions of cave deposits found in the limestone caves of the Ozarks."
"When 140 members of the Staten Island (New York) Chamber of Commerce arrived at the World's Fair recently, they were greeted by Rufus C. Dawes (center), President of A Century of Progress. The New York delegation was headed by L.W. Kaufman, chamber president."
"When 140 members of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce visited the World's Fair recently they presented Rufus. C. Dawes (left) a half keg of specially brewed beer from one of the New York breweries. L.W. Kaufman, president of the Staten Island organization is shown making the presentation to President Dawes while C. Meyer of the brewery looks on."
Farm folk attending the World's Fair this week are being given the opportunity of seeing their favorite radio entertainers from radio station WLS in the Court of States on Northerly Island. The above picture shows the crowd that attended Prairie Farmer's initial radio party last night."
The dairy building at the north end of Northerly Island.
This 1932 artist's rendition shows the Century of Progress Exposition from the 12th Place to 39th Street. Buildings are depicted occupying the shore line and Northerly Island, which parallel the mainland sire from 12th Street to 23rd Street.
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