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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A view of the Century of Progress Court of States exhibition under construction in 1933. Here workers can be seen constructing the exhibit's central arch.]
[An archeological exhibit representing a cross-section of artifacts found in a typical city garbage dump. The exhibit explains how archeologists can "read" the past of a given society by sifting through its trash.]
[Construction of the Federal Building on Northerly Island adjacent to the Court of States exhibit. The Federal Building featured an art-deco design that included a rotunda and three tower-pylons representing the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the U.S. government. One of the two towers of the Century of Progress Skyride can be seen to the right of the Federal Building.]
[Fireworks display at night. The outline of the Century of Progress Skyride tower and cableway can be seen to the right of the fireworks. The Federal Building complex at Northerly Island is also seen here at the lower left of the photograph.]
[Ground level view of the Century of Progress Skyride tower in 1933. The southern facade of the Hall of Science is to the right, while the Chinese Lama Temple can be seen below on the left.]
[Southeast view of the front courtyard of the Electrical Group building before the grand opening of the Chicago World's Fair, 1932. Both "Stellar Energy" (left) and "Atomic Energy" (right) by sculptor Ulric Henry Ellerhusen can be seen flanking the building's main entrance in the center.]
[The American Can Company exhibit at A Century of Progress International Exposition.]
[The Chicago skyline at night. In the foreground can be seen Buckingham fountain.]
[The Enchanted Island exhibit at A Century of Progress. Magic Mountain can be seen behind the large toy elephant.]
[The Enchanted Island exhibit at A Century of Progress. Magic Mountain can be seen in the background.]
[The General Motors exhibit at A Century of Progress. The main exhibit featured a display of automotive parts and an assembly room where 1,000 people at a time can watch an automobile being manufactured.]
[View of Electrical Building from Lake Michigan. A fountain can be seen in the courtyard.]
[View of the Avenue of Flags from across the Century of Progress lagoon. In the background can be seen the Sears Roebuck and Co. exhibit.]
"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.]
"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."
"The Sight Meter Demonstration, which is on display as a part of the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building. [The visitor] can test his own eyesight and determine the amount of light necessary for reading matter and household tasks."
"This barn was built in 1863 by Henry Ford's father, and was brought to A Century of Progress to illustrate the Ford theory that the farmer can increase his income by processing crops for industrial use. The barn is equipped with machinery which extracts oil from soybeans."
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