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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Contestant at the Miss Century of Progress Contest.]
[Female cashier, Miss Sonny Lundstrom, poses in uniform in front of a painted panorama of A Century of Progress.]
[Officials related to the Mexico's 'Good Will Tour' at the Century of Progress. From left to right: Miss Maria Elena Olhoa; Justo Benitez, an attorney; Eugenio Pasqueiro of the Mexican Consulate; Albert Wimer, in charge of the Century of Progress Mexican Village exhibit; Bearl Spratt; and Miss Mary Spratt.]
[The preliminary winners at the Miss Century of Progress Contest. The women pictured here were local residents of Chicago who, by virtue of their ethnic identity, represented the nations of Scotland, England, Germany, Hungary, Wales, and Austria.]
"Baby Ruth Special, an entry in the 'Blue Flame Race' of the All-American Soap Box Derby. Driven by Miss De Etta Atchison, 15, of 3655 North Avers Avenue, Chicago."
"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."
"Children play house at A Century of Progress. Little Miss Joan Leavens, seven years old, of Wenatchee, Washington, is having lots of fun selling flowers to her sister, Margaret Leavens, nine years old, in the Puroil children's rest house in the General Electric Exhibits building at the World's Fair."
"Congressman Richard J. Welsh, his wife and son, Richard, Jr., of California, sign the official register of the new World's Fair in the Sears Roebuck building, while Major Chester L. Fordney, of stratosphere flight fame, looks on. The congressman and his family are on their way to California from Washington. He expressed the opinion that the Fair this year is even more colorful and picturesque than A Century of Progress last year, having seen both, and declared it a sight which no one should miss."
"Fair officials and officers of Wilson and company dedicated the packing firm's exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair Sunday (June 17) afternoon. Miss Jane Iredale, exhibit employee, is shown here pinning a flower on Thomas E. Wilson, chairman of the board of directors, while Edward Foss Wilson, his son and president of the company, looks on."
"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."
"Fay Wray, movie star, and Edward F. Dunne, United States commissioner to the World's Fair and former governor of Illinois, look over the sights at A Century of Progress from the steps of the Federal Building. Miss Wray was a guest of the World's Fair while stopping in Chicago on her way to Hollywood."
"Five Polish girls selected to appear in the semi-finals of the Miss Century of Progress beauty contest Saturday night: Helen Zadora, 11440 Stephenson, Loretta Gondek, 2135 Webster, Sylvia Lopacinski, 4457 South Sawyer, Irene Napientek, 3350 Diversy, Casmina Tryjefaczka, 4629 South Honore."
"Gloria Swanson is all smiles as she steps from the elevator of the west Skyride tower from the top of which she previewed the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Swanson was the first 1934 Skyride visitor."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"J.F. Sullivan, diamond export from Kimberley, South Africa, points out a diamond that has become stuck on the "grease table" of the Diamond Recovery Plant in the Diamond Mine exhibit in the General Exhibits Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Dorothea Ross of Chicago is the interested visitor, and L.S. Root, another Kimberley diamond engineer, is the pensive gentleman at the right."
"Jugoslav winners in the Miss Century of Progress Contest."
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., meets Jane Fauntz, former Olympic Games girl's diving champion at Swift Bandshell at the World's Fair. By winning the contest from a field of 30 other contestants, Louise and her mother, Mrs. Gladys Schwartz, earned trips to the Century of Progress. Louise expressed a wish to see some of the famous swimmers in action. She did; moreover she met them and went into the water with the stars. In this picture you see Louise, left, with Miss Fauntz, featured on the diving springboard of the Streets of Paris."
"Marie Lubas, 18 years old, who presided as Ukrainian Queen during the impressive ceremonies which her race observed on Ukrainian Day at the World's Fair. Miss Lubas, who lives at 2215 West Rice St., is the contestant for her nationality in the 'Miss Century of Progress' popularity contest which closes Monday at midnight."
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