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"A view from the Hall of Science toward Lake Michigan"
"Above the 'House of Magic,' in which General Electric presents demonstrations of spectacular research laboratory developments, and extending along the entire length of a balcony over the exhibit space is a series of thirteen huge pillars covered with murals which depict the story of the electrical industry. A lounge is located on the roof of the House of Magic."
"Ahead of schedule, all exhibits of Ford and twenty-one co-exhibitors are en route for their new home in the Ford Exhibition Building at A Century of Progress, Ford officials announced Saturday. Above, a 15-ton rubber mill, to show the 'how' of rubber-making to an estimated attendance of 25,000,000 begins its last stage of the journey to the World Fair's summer home."
"Alice in Lightland aided by the magician 'Electricity' presents an unusual display of artistic effects in the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"An Electric Eye Size Sorter which automatically sorts ball bearings correctly according to size is one of the 'wonders' 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."
"Apollo. Copy in silver of archaic marble statues; the copy is much better than any marble original we posses. The Greek inscription, one of the earliest known, tell us that 'Amphias Dedicated the Tithe to the Far Darter,' the title of Apollo as god who inflicted the plague. Athens, 6th century B.C."
"Apollo. The god of music playing his lyre. In the archaic period he was still represented with a beard. Athens. 6th century B.C."
"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.]
"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."
"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."
"Athena, the patron goddess of Athens, copied from the marble statues dedicated to her in the older temple. Note the colored drapery and the 'archaic grin.' Athens, Sixth Century B.C."
"Barney Oldfield and his 'Hell Drivers' in their thrilling feats of driving skill and daring provided the big moment for thousands of Chicago's school children who attended A Century of Progress Thursday. Here is a section of the crowd that watched the veteran driver spin around the quarter-mile oval Chrysler Motors' track."
"Before they leave the factory, Mazda lamps are put through eleven exacting tests. Miss Gladys Armstrong demonstrates how it is done in the General Electric Exhibit."
"Bowl. Mosaic glass, produced by melting together glass rods. Syria. 1st century A.D. The rarest type of mosaic glass known."
"Built to demonstrate the use of light as an architectural element in the appearance of buildings, this model city in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress is complete to the stalled automobile being towed to a nearby garage."
"Century of Progress Communications Hall"
"Chrysler Motors - day."
"Chrysler Motors building at night."
"Circuit breakers, new and unusual types of motors, control devices, welding equipment, and electron tube control are some of the products of the apparatus section of the General Electric on exhibit at the Century of Progress. Models of large apparatus are also used extensively."
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