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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Lilly Anderson, East State Road, Rockford, Illinois (left) and Virginia Hanson, 1608 Beston street, visit the Illinois Host House as their first spot of interest after arriving at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two girls won the trip by capturing the 7th Street Fall Festival Popularity honors."
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., is a bathing suit queen in every sense of the word. While on her first visit to the World's Fair, in Chicago on July 21st, as a guest of the Vincennes Post, Louise said she'd dearly love to see some of the famous swimmers. She was forthwith introduced to several who were appearing in the springboard exhibition dives at Swift pool. Here you see Eddie Alvarez, champion diver of the Hawaiian islands on the left, Queen Louise, herself, in the center, and on the right Marshall Wayne, of Miami, Fla., National A.A.U highboard diving champion."
"Louise Schwartz, 16-year old winner of the beauty contest conducted by the American legion at Vincennes, Ind., meets Jane Fauntz, former Olympic Games girl's diving champion at Swift Bandshell at the World's Fair. By winning the contest from a field of 30 other contestants, Louise and her mother, Mrs. Gladys Schwartz, earned trips to the Century of Progress. Louise expressed a wish to see some of the famous swimmers in action. She did; moreover she met them and went into the water with the stars. In this picture you see Louise, left, with Miss Fauntz, featured on the diving springboard of the Streets of Paris."
"Marie Lubas, 18 years old, who presided as Ukrainian Queen during the impressive ceremonies which her race observed on Ukrainian Day at the World's Fair. Miss Lubas, who lives at 2215 West Rice St., is the contestant for her nationality in the 'Miss Century of Progress' popularity contest which closes Monday at midnight."
"Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiling Breton's "Song of the Lark" on July 10, 1934. The painting was voted the most popular in America in a contest conducted by the Chicago Daily News. The Art Institute of Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition of Fine Arts."
"Myrtice Crory, of the Firestone Tire exhibit at the World' Fair, a runner-up in the beauty contest finals staged last week to find the fairest employee of A Century of Progress, is enriched by $10 for her guess on the number of precious stones contained in the 18 articles in the Chinese Imperial Gold Collection in Streets of Shanghai at the World's Fair. She estimated the number at 7550. The correct count is 6307 according to Herbert J. Devine, the exhibitor, who is pictured here presenting Miss Corey with an envelope containing a $10 bill for her winning guess."
"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."
"Part of the 700 boys from Pittsburgh who swarmed through the 14th street gates at the new World's Fair today (June 22nd), ready to enjoy everything from the Midway to the Egg Laying contest at the south end of the exposition grounds. They were guests of the Pittsburgh Press, having won the trip through a competition in circulation efforts. Between 8,000 and 10,000 Pittsburgh newsboys are expected to visit the Fair in a similar way this summer, guests of three Pittsburgh newspapers."
"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."
"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 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."
"This committee of music authorities selected the winners in the Midway Song contest. The critics shown above are, left to right - Joel Lay, director of musical activities at A Century of Progress; Fred Forster, president of the Forster Musical Company, and Henry Selinger, National Broadcasting executive. Herbert Johnson, staff pianist of A Century of Progress, is seated at the piano."
"This old colonial stock failed to deprive Miss Georgie Berry, Richmond, Va., of her charming smile, even with the ridicule afforded by Miss Mildred Smith, left, of Wilbur, Wash., and Miss Betty Bort, Long Beach, Calif. The smile trio, finals in a national charm smile contest, visited A Century of Progress yesterday (Tuesday, July 24) and were luncheon guests at the Colonial Village where this picture was snapped by a Fair photographer."
"Tom Blanchard, famous radio whistler, placed first in a whistling contest last night (Friday) in the Court of States at the World's Fair. More than 40 of Chicago's outstanding whistlers competed in the preliminaries."
"Two of the contestants who entered in the 'Parade of the Masques' contest held on the Boardwalk of the Midway at the new World's Fair last night (August 8th). Dressed in Zula costume are Adelaide Fisher and Arthur Fisher, 1652 Nelson Street."
"Victor Clement, of the Dutch Village and Miss Daisy Fisher of 1360 ½ Estes Avenue, two of the entrants in the Grand Opera Contest, who appeared last night in the first preliminary held at the Lagoon Theater. Preliminaries will be held every night this week and the finals on Saturday night. A Contract with the Grand opera Company will be awarded to the winning man and woman."
"West Tech high school, Cleveland, Ohio, won the Stowell cup for the second year, in the international commercial schools contest concluded at the Chicago World's Fair Thursday night (June 28th). Left to right Leon C. Stowell, donor of the cup, which is awarded to the school of the contestant having the highest dictating machine score; Ruth Homberg, who won the cup for her school, and Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of the Fair, who made the awards."
"Whistler would have been proud to paint a mother like this one! Mrs. J.E. Benedict, 85 years old, 6715 Greenview Ave., winner of the North Side Day contest for the most attractive grandmother held at the World's Fair yesterday stole the show from her younger rivals in the beauty contests."
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