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[Exterior view of "Atomic Energy" by sculptor Ulric Henry Ellerhusen. The caption to the right of the figure reads: "Energy is the substance of all things. The cycles of atoms the play of the elements are its forms cast by a mighty hand to become the world's foundations." The image adorned the southeast facade of the Electrical Group building.]
[Exterior view of the sculpture "Stellar Energy," which adorns the southeast facade of the Electrical Group building. The caption beneath the figure reads: "Light is the beginning of all things, from the utmost aether it issues shaping the stars answering in its patterns to the majesty of creative thought." The sculptor for this design was Ulric Henry Ellerhusen.]
[Spectators watch ice skating show at the Century of Progress "Foreign Villages" exhibition.] [All of the men are wearing the same hats.]
"A happy group of visitors after their first day at the new World's Fair from York and York County Pennsylvania. The party, under the chaperonage of Glenn E. Bailey and J.W. Barwick, numbers 153, and is composed of 75 school children and 60 teachers. They already have visited all exhibit buildings, the Field Museum, Colonial Village, the Lama Temple and Fort Dearborn. They leave Friday for home, and are staying at Judson Court, University of Chicago."
"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."
"All the faithful Mohammedans turn their faces toward Mecca, every day at 4 p.m. as the mullah sounds the muezzin call in the Tunisian village at the new World's Fair. The faithful Bedouin kneel on their prayer rugs and bow obeisance to Allah."
"Amid all the glamour and excitement of a Hollywood premiere, the first international preview of a motion picture was held in the Lagoon theater at the World's Fair. the above picture shows a part of the crowd who witnessed the first showing of 'Our Daily Bread,' King Vidor's latest picture based on the back-to-the-land movement."
"Ballyhoo that sparkles on the Century of Progress Midway was caught in all its brilliance by the camera of Lou Fowler, 1819 North Park avenue, Chicago. This is one of the 49 unusual views of the fair hung in the Hall of Photography from 360 entries received in the recent contest sponsored by the Miniature Camera Club of Chicago."
"Budy Mabry, age 11, of 106 North Edith Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has come to the fair all alone to see the sights."
"Georges N. Potie, former Ford star salesman in Antwerp, Belgium, now president of both the Belgian and Swiss villages at A Century of Progress in Chicago, here is pictured about to start a wooden-show race between dancing girls of the Belgian Village on the reproduction of Aerschot, Belgium, exhibited in the Roads of the World, Ford Exposition, A Century of Progress, Chicago. All of the girls are from Antwerp [except two, one from Ghent, the other from Steendorp]."
"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."
"How would you like to go romping with a shovel-nosed elephant? It was quite the proper caper back in the stone age, according to Edyth Arlen, Neanderthal woman in the 'World A Million Years Ago' at the World's Fair. Edyth learned all about the shovel-noses in the legends handed down by her ancestors."
"It has been said that the Hall of Religion has stolen the show. At any rate, this is an important exhibit at the Fair, visited by hundreds of thousands of persons, and the exhibits are fascinating. No sects, creeds, fanatics, or denominations holds forth - it is all for the good, and in the name of the Cause."
"Life-like in form and action, and with a look of evil intent, these prehistoric animals aren't good for your eyesight unless you are in command of all your faculties! We should be glad we did not live during the age of these huge beasts…what a chance would mere man have…however, the Sinclair exhibit proved to be very clever."
"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."
"Orville Sontag (left) winner of the first prize in the Model Yacht regatta, held Sunday (September 9th) in the South Lagoon of the World's Fair, is shown receiving from B.C. Freidman the trophy emblematic of victory at [the] meeting of contestants in the Chicago Parks exhibit at the Century of Progress. Sontag's entry, the trim Monsoon, scored 19 points while leading all the other tiny craft [that] raced with automatic steering control over a 1,000 foot course."
"Pushing his invention, a one-pole tent, all the way from Milwaukee, Wis., Roy Lister arrived at the Chicago World's Fair today (Friday June 29th) after a four day trip. Lister's tent is convenient for single campers, as it requires only a single rope and pole."
"Sarita Valiente, 10 year old visitor from Havana, Cuba, with both hands clutching nickels, is well prepared for her Children's Day visit to the Chicago World's Fair. A nickel is all it takes for anyone under 12 to pass practically any ticket office on the grounds that day. She is shown here in front of the Puerto Rican exhibit in the Court of States to which she paid a neighborly visit. Little Sarita is a niece of Guillermo Valiente, recently appointed Cuban vice-consul to Chicago."
"Something new in section appeal - in a Pullman car. Posed to show how much easier it is to 'get up and get down' in the ultra-modern berths shown this year for the first time anywhere in the new streamlined, 110-miles-an-hour, diesel-motored, all aluminum Union Pacific Pullman trains. They make their debut at the World's Fair of 1934 in Chicago."
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