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"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."
"Louise Grau of the Swiss village is shown with one of the homing pigeons that competed in a special race to its Continental neighbor, the Belgian Village, at the World's Fair in Chicago."
"Lübeck around 1450 was one of the centers of commerce. It's wealthy; merchants controlled the continent and had connections all over the world. Our picture shows the market place. Big merchants were dealing here in wholesale, and in the booths the good housekeepers did their shopping. The lady wears the typical Lübeck costume with a blue hermine-trimmed coat."
"Making plans to have South Side Day at A Century of Progress - the Chicago 1933 World's Fair - one of the largest community days at the Exposition. Walter Tredup, chairman of the executive committee, showing the poster which will be displayed all over the south side of Chicago to Mrs. Roy Browne Loverin, one of the members of the executive committee."
"Mirror. Since the ancients did not know how to make mirrors by placing quicksilver on the glass, mirrors must be made of bronze which was polished to give a fairly good reflection. The most interesting scenes on mirrors come from the Etruscans, a strange people in North Central Italy. Here Castor, one of the Heavenly twins, meets two nymphs." Italy. 5th Century B.C."
"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.]
"Old North Church a Dominant Landmark of New Fair's Colonial Village. This ancient structure, as well as many others famed in American history, will be seen by visitors after the Fair opens in Chicago May 26. Its tower was the one Paul Revere looked to for the historic lanterns - 'One if by land, and two if by sea.' Its pulpit saw such preachers as Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Ware."
"One milligram of protactinium, the total supply of element 9, rarer than radium from whose wastes it was extracted, was placed on exhibit in the Hall of Science of the World's Fair today (Thursday, September 27th). LaDonne Patier is shown here with the rare exhibit which was isolated and placed in the periodic table of elements by Dr. Aristid von Grosse of the University of Chicago department of chemistry. Dr. von Grosse extracted the element from 15,000 milligrams of radium waste obtained form Czechoslovakia."
"One of this group of five Lithuanian beauties will be chosen as "Miss Lithuania" in the semi-finals of the World's Fair 'Miss Century of Progress' contest Saturday night (September 29th). These girls were selected in preliminary judging staged at the fair last night (Wednesday). They are, front row, Julia Sadulis, 1058 Lafayette Street; and Frances Bariss, 5124 South University Avenue. Rear row, Jean Soris, 4407 South Union Street; Eleanor Mondus, 6047 South Union Avenue; and Aldona Grignonis, 3322 South Union Avenue."
"One of this group of five Norwegian beauties will be chosen as 'Miss Norway' in the semi-finals of the World's Fair 'Miss Century of Progress' contest Saturday night (September 29th). These girls were selected in preliminary judging staged at the Fair last night (Wednesday). They are, front row, left to right, Dorothy Sullivan, 1630 Parkside Avenue and Marjorie Hungness. Back row, left to right, Ruth Thorson, 3625 Armitage Avenue; Astrid Erickson, 2716 Montclare Avenue, and Violet Thorson, 3625 Armitage Avenue."
"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."
"Photographers are literally pouring in to the dental charm committee of the Chicago World's Fair which has undertaken a search for the Most Irresistible Smile in America. Frances Ingram, beauty authority (right), one of the judges, is checking over the photos of candidates with Nancy Frazer, chairman of the committee. Photos of more than 10,000 'smile' candidates have already been submitted. Three winners will be guests of the committee at the Century of Progress Exposition this summer. The judges are Miss Ingram, McClelland Barclay, the artist, and Margery Wilson, charm expert."
"Pursuing the quest for knowledge with the same zest with which they participated in greased pig races, pie eating contests, and other competitions staged at the Fair during the summer, thousands of Chicago school students are taking advantage of the reduced rate student tours offered by the management of the Chicago World's Fair. To enable students to see the many educational features of the Exposition, admission prices for children in groups of ten or more have been reduced to five cents with accompanying teachers admitted free. Here a group of sixth graders from the Lewis Champlin school are getting the visual instruction in the art of glassblowing from Maestro Romano Zanetti, one of the master craftsmen in the Venice-Murano exhibit."
"Sarah Haley Thomas, 19, of Little Rock, Ark., recently crowned 'Miss Arkansas,' reviewed the guides and the guide band today (Wednesday) in the Court of Honor at the World's Fair in Chicago. Miss Thomas (center) is pictured with Gertrude Bain, one of the finalists in the World's Fair beauty contest, Lt. O. Lundborg (left) and Major Chester L. Fordney, United States Marine representative at the Fair."
"Striking in color and architecture and with an attractive Sky Ride studded background, the Italian building at A Century of Progress was the subject for this interesting miniature camera study by William Burton Larsen, 7208 Ridge Boulevard, Chicago. This is one of the 49 beautiful pictures hung out of the 360 entries in the recent contest sponsored at the Hall of Photography by the Miniature Camera Club of Chicago."
"The 'Ford World' in New World's Fair. This electrically driven globe will be one of the exhibits in the giant Ford Building in the Exposition which opens in Chicago May 26. The drawing is by Hugh Ferriss. In the exhibit building will be dramatized the complete story of the contributions of science, industry, and agriculture to the modern automobile."
"The bespectacled youth on the right is Dennis O' Shea, pie-eating champion of the 1934 World's Fair. Dennis inhaled a six-inch blueberry pie in one minute and thirteen seconds to win a contest staged at the Armour Building on Children's Day. At the left is Edward Jackson, who took third place in the contest, and Bob Callow, winner of the second prize, is in the middle. Callow might have won but he overlooked a bit of the filling which dropped off onto his plate and a vigilant judge made him clean it up."
"The grand-daddy of all Plymouth cars meets its latest descendant at the Chicago World's Fair test track of the Chrysler corporation as Mrs. Ethel Miller of Turlock, California, turns in the first Plymouth ever built and in return receives title to the one millionth car from J.B. Wagstaff, director of advertising for the company. City and Fair officials welcomed Mrs. Miller at ceremony held yesterday (Saturday) at the Fair. Left to Right are Jeffrey A. O'Connor, Chicago commissioner of public service, Rufus C. Dawes, president of the Century of Progress, Mrs. Miller, Lenox R. Lohr, general manager of the Fair, George Kennedy, deputy commissioner, and J.B. Wagstaff."
"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 one millionth visitor to the Sears-Roebuck model home at A Century of Progress was received yesterday by John H. Mullen, director of the exhibit. The lucky visitor was Mrs. Dorothy Trengove of Catlettsburg, Kentucky. Mrs. Trengove was presented with a vacuum cleaner and a watch."
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