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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Small units form the back wall and a few chairs for the audience make a small ampitheatre [sic] of General Electric's Air Conditioning display at A Century of Progress in Chicago. Lectures on the fundamentals of air conditioning are given several times a day."
"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."
"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 drum and bugle corps of the Calumet City American Legion post provided the martial music for the parade of the parishioners of St. Andrew's Roman Catholic church which celebrated St. Andrew's Day at the Chicago World's Fair yesterday (Sunday). A colorful program was held in the Court of States, including music, dancing, a fashion show, and gymnastic demonstrations."
"The oldest and the youngest parishioners of St. Andrew's church of Calumet City, Illinois, Mrs. Valeria Perz, 73, and James Muschelwiscz, 3, were presented to an audience of their fellow-parishioners at the colorful ceremony held in the Court of States at the Chicago World's Fair on Sunday, July 8. The day was the church's official celebration at the Fair and an elaborate program of dancing, music, speeches and gymnastic exercises was presented."
"The two principal speakers of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers Day at A Century of Progress held Saturday in the Court of States are shown as they compare notes before their part in the program. From left to right: Dr. Henry Lester Smith, president of the National Education Association and dean of the school of education at the University of Indiana and Mrs. B.F. Langworthy, president of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers."
"These boys, from Lawrence hall, 4833 North Armitage avenue, saw the World's Fair (Oct. 12) as the guests of Leon Mandel, general manager of Mandel Brothers State street department store, in the store's 'Be a Swell Person' campaign to make it possible for under-privileged children to see the exposition. A special department has been set up on the ninth floor to assist big-hearted citizens in planning outings for groups of three or more."
"These girls are studying first hand the bottle and glassmaking art of the ancients as shown by the world's oldest collection of antique glass containers on exhibition in the Owens Illinois glass-block building at the World's Fair in Chicago. Some of the bottles in the collection, which belongs to the Toledo Museum of Art, are nearly 3,000 years old and valued at thousands of dollars. Here the girls are seen examining a Venetian urn several centuries old. The girls are, left to right, Marie Kraemer, Betty Daily, and Rosemary Day."
"These men were the important figures of the committee which met today (July 10th) to formulate plans for Mexico Day to be held at A Century of Progress on July 21st. They are, from left to right: Edward E. Brown, president of the First National Bank of Chicago; Eugenio Pasqueiro and M. Tomas Morlet, consul and vice consul, respectively, of Mexico; Col. J.V. Houghtaling of A Century of Progress."
"These veterans of the Spanish American war took part in the Philippine Veterans Day celebration in the Court of States at the World's Fair yesterday (Monday, August 13)."
"Two hundred homing pigeons, released from the stage of the Lagoon Theater, were an effective part of the opening day ceremonies at the new World's Fair in Chicago, Saturday, May 26th. Fifty flew in each of the four directions, carrying the message of A Century of Progress to the world."
"Unable to remain overnight to take part in the official celebration of Governors' Day at the Chicago World's Fair, Governor and Mrs. Guy B. Parks of Missouri exhibit in the Court of States yesterday (Tuesday). The governor was en route to Mackinac Island where he will take part in the Governors' conference to he held there. He was regretful that public affairs prevented a more leisurely tour of the Exposition. The governor and Miss Parks are shown viewing the reproductions of cave deposits found in the limestone caves of the Ozarks."
"Uncle Dan Beard, national Boy Scout commissioner, congratulates 14-year old Richard Courtney of Champaign, Ill., for receiving the James Russell medal for bravery at the National Boy Scout Day ceremonies at the World's Fair. Left to right in the group shown here are Clarence Novak, Chicago Eagle Scout, Uncle Dan, Richard Courtney, General Abel Davis, who presented Courtney with the medal on behalf of the Combat Medal Men's Association, and John Celba, of Diamond Lake, Ill., who won the award last year."
"Veterans of the Spanish American War as they parade up to the 16th St. bridge from the Avenue of Flags. This parade was part of the celebration of Spanish-American War Day at the new World's Fair."
"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."
"William P. Wilkerson (Cherokee), president of the Indian Council Fire, confers with Marie Martinez, one of the outstanding pottery makers in the world, and Whirling Thunder seated at the left, and Clear Water (Ottawa) about the plans for American Indian Day at the World's Fair, which will be observed Friday, September 7th."
"With actual size packages and novelties as a lure, visitors jammed the Foods and Agriculture building today (Saturday) at the Chicago World's Fair. The above picture shows a part of the crowd collecting their free gifts from one of the forty exhibitors participating in the 'Free Souvenir Day.'"
"WLS radio entertainers stage a royal reception for the seventh millionth visitor to the World's Fair, 12-year old Elizabeth Carroll, (third from left), 3145 Union street, Chicago. Elizabeth, a dark-haired Irish miss who came to the Fair with her father and little sister for the celebration of Irish Day, was presented with a number of valuable gifts which are being tendered by the radio entertainers in behalf of Fair concessions."
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