University of Illinois at Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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Date
ca. 1933-1934 (7)

Subject
Exhibition Buildings (6)
Auditoriums (5)
Exhibitions (5)
Fascism (5)
Pavilions (5)
Architecture (5)
Lamps (1)
Light (1)
Electricity (1)
Heads of State (1)

Format
9.25x12 (5)
7.5x9.25 (1)
9.5x7.5 (1)

Creator
Hallenbeck (1)
Kaufmann & Fabry co. (1)

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[General Electric exhibit displaying different types of lamps used throughout human history. Exhibit
1. [General Electric exhibit displaying different types of lamps used throughout human history. Exhibit includes a stone lamp from ancient Babylonia; a crude saucer lamp from southern Europe; a bronze lamp from Rome; a Betty lamp used in colonial New England; a whale oil lamp likely used by an early Chicago family; Edison's first practical lamp; the "smallest lamp in the world," used for medical examination inside the human body; and the "largest lamp in the world," used for lighting airports, athletic fields, and in the motion picture industry.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion
2. [Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion was designed to resemble a giant airplane to celebrate Italo Balbo's 1933 transatlantic flight that ended at the Century of Progress. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and one of Benito Mussolini's government officials. The front of the building sported a design that resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. The photo here shows the transparent photographs of Mussolini's forum in Rome on display in the Pavilion's auditorium room.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion
3. [Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion was designed to resemble a giant airplane to celebrate Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight that ended at the Century of Progress in 1933. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and a minister in Benito Mussolini's government. The front of the building sported a design that resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Seen here are the transparent photographs of the Roman Coliseum on display in the Pavilion's auditorium room.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's
4. [Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's giant airplane design celebrated Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight to the Century of Progress in 1933. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and a minister in Benito Mussolini's government. The front of the building also resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Seen here are the transparent photographs of the Roman Capitol on display in the Pavilion's auditorium room.]

[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's
5. [Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's giant airplane design celebrated Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight to the Century of Progress in 1933. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and a minister in Benito Mussolini's government. The front of the building also resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Seen here are the transparent photographs of the Roman Forum on display in the Pavilion's auditorium room.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's
6. [Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's giant airplane-shaped design celebrated Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight to the Century of Progress in 1933. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and a minister in Benito Mussolini's government. The front of the building also resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Seen here are the transparent photographs of the Via del Mare on display in the Pavilion's auditorium room.]
"Approximately 5,000 Italian-Americans gathered about the Italian government building of the Chicago
7. "Approximately 5,000 Italian-Americans gathered about the Italian government building of the Chicago World's Fair for the unveiling of a memorial pillar to Italo Balbo, shown here, Sunday (July 15th). It was the highlight of Italian day at the Fair, with Mayor Edward J. Kelly; Marquis Rossi Longhi, Italian charge d'affairs; Rufus C. Dawes; Giuseppi Castruccio; consul-general; Lt. Gov. Thomas F. Donovan, and other officials present." [Italo Balbo was a fascist general and leader of the Italian Blackshirts and, at the time, a close ally of Benito Mussolini. Balbo arrived at the Century of Progress on a transatlantic flight from Rome, Italy. The City of Chicago subsequently staged a parade and renamed 7th Street 'Balbo Drive' in his honor.]
 

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