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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A photograph of an unidentified building next to a rail car with construction materials nearby.]
[A U.S. Steel exhibit of a miniature railroad and viaduct made out of clay. The photo is undated.]
[Cars driving around track at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[Close-up view of the Skyride with the Hall of Science in the foreground. Also visible on the upper right are two "rocket cars" transporting Fair patrons across the Skyride at an elevation of 210 feet. The ride across the Skyride took about four minutes.]
[The General Motors float parading down the Avenue of Flags at A Century of Progress International Exhibition.]
[The Hupmobile exhibit at A Century of Progress International Exposition, ca. 1933-1934. The exhibit here displays the interior of the vehicle, allowing patrons to see the frame and engine clearly. The Hupmobile was manufactured by the Hupp Motor Company of Detroit, founded by Craig and Louis Hupp in 1908. Hupp Motors manufactured automobiles from 1909 to 1940, when the company went out of business.]
[The Pullman train car exhibit at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
"A conception by Hugh Ferriss, a noted New York artist, of how the Ford Exhibition building now being erected at the Chicago World's Fair will look at night in its blaze of light. The building is nine hundred feet long and ten stories in height at its center. It faces upon a five acre park fronting Lake Michigan. Albert Kahn of Detroit is the architect, and Walter Dorwin Teague of New York, the industrial designer, is in charge of the interior display."
"After winning the tenth annual pushmobile race sponsored by the Board of Education which was held at the Chicago World's Fair yesterday (Friday), the victorious Orr playground team is presented with Chrysler Motors medals by Ernst Buehler, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education."
"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."
"Barney Oldfield and his 'Hell Drivers' in their thrilling feats of driving skill and daring provided the big moment for thousands of Chicago's school children who attended A Century of Progress Thursday. Here is a section of the crowd that watched the veteran driver spin around the quarter-mile oval Chrysler Motors' track."
"Ford's 'Drama of Transportation' in New World's Fair. This is a conception by Hugh Ferriss of what the interior of the great Ford Building will look like when A Century of Progress opens in Chicago May 26. In this building, 900 feet long, the major portion of a $1,500,000 exhibit, will be dramatized the story of the contributions of science, industry and agriculture to the modern automobile. Opposite the structure will be a free park with seats for concert and entertainment programs."
"Herbert Laufman, 13, of Houston, Texas, is showing his fellow townsman, Ervin Lee Stein, Il., just how the model "L" cars operate at the Rapid Transit exhibit in the Hall of Science at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two boys visited A Century of Progress as guests of the Houston Examiner."
"It's 'curtains' for those familiar, old, green Pullman curtains. They're out. This photo posed to show the new arrangement in the flashing, 110-miles-an-hour, all-aluminum streamlined Pullman Pacific train which is being exhibited at the World's Fair of 1934 in Chicago. Just close the aluminum door and presto, it's a nice private drawing room, convenient and homelike even if it was just a Pullman section during the daytime."
"National Railroad Fair exhibit of the Budd Company, which tells the story behind car manufacture. The exhibit features each week a different new all-stainless steel passenger car right off the production line."
"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."
"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 Chysler [sic] exhibit is a beautiful sight at night and equally so in the day time. Pools of clear, blue water, fountains, a runway for testing cars, and here Barney Oldfield holds forth to give you a thrill with the racing cars."
"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."
"Your Autograph, Mr. Oldfield!" "That was the cry at the Chrysler Motors' World's Fair track Thursday when thousands of school children swarmed around Barney Oldfield, famed race driver, and demanded autographs. Thousands of lucky youngsters got the coveted signature."
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