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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A close up view of one of the entrances of the Electrical Group building at A Century of Progress International Exposition in early 1933, a few months before the opening of Fair.]
[A demonstration of the "balopticon," an early still-image version of the modern-day overhead projector.]
[A diorama depicting an early Mesopotamian ziggurat where grain was collected and stored. The heading to the diorama is entitled, "Wise Men Save for the Tomorrow."]
[An early 1930s minibus parked behind a late-nineteenth century model of a "horseless carriage," the prototype to Henry Ford's popular Model T automobile.]
[An early respirator, known as the Iron Lung, on display at A Century of Progress. The Iron Lung was designed to help polio victims breathe.]
[Charles Stein demonstrates the use of a theremin musical instrument. The theremin was an early electronic musical device that was played by moving the performer's hands around the antennas without actually touching the instrument.]
[Exterior view of the Electrical Group building at A Century of Progress International Exposition in early 1933, a few months before the opening of Fair.]
[General Electric exhibit displaying different types of lamps used throughout human history. Exhibit includes a stone lamp from ancient Babylonia; a crude saucer lamp from southern Europe; a bronze lamp from Rome; a Betty lamp used in colonial New England; a whale oil lamp likely used by an early Chicago family; Edison's first practical lamp; the "smallest lamp in the world," used for medical examination inside the human body; and the "largest lamp in the world," used for lighting airports, athletic fields, and in the motion picture industry.]
[Portrait of Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth President of the United States. To the left is a smaller portrait of Harper's Weekly editor Colonel George Harvey, an early supporter of Wilson's candidacy for U.S. President. To the right is Colonel Henry Watterson, the renowned editor of the Louisville Courier Journal. The caption below notes that Colonel Watterson was outraged over Wilson's decision to politically distance his presidential campaign from Colonel Harvey and Harper's Weekly. Wilson believed that Colonel Harvey's Wall Street connections would turn off voters in the general election.]
[Possible portrait of early American statesmen and inventor Ben Franklin conducting his famous lightening experiment with his son. In 1752, Franklin flew a kite with a metal key attached during a thunderstorm to prove that lightening was made of electricity. Although European scientists were already conducting similar experiments with electricity, Franklin is credited as the first one to propose using a metal rod or some other conductor to draw off electricity from lightening. Franklin's scientific achievements won him the admiration of Enlightenment intellectuals in Europe and North America and secured his reputation as a leading scientist.]
[Promotion of the 1913 American silent film, "The Battle of Gettysburg." The film is now presumed to be lost. Only a fraction of the silent films from the early 20th century have survived into the present day.]
"Artists conception of new American Colonial Village for Chicago's new World's Fair. The village will contain authentic reproductions of buildings importnat in early American history. It will be the scene of dramatizations of important events in the building of America."
"Just Like Home -- so these three Senoritas say as they inspect the Spanish Village at the World's Fair. The Village is an exact copy from the sketches and photos made in Spain early this year by D.H. Burnham, architect. Left to right the Senoritas are Yolanda Diaz, Maria Olverez, and Maria de la Vega."
"These five statuettes, exhibited on the upper floor of the Social Science Hall are the oldest ever found in Asia, dating from about 3,000 B.C. The Oriental Institute is exhibiting them to the public for the first time at the World's Fair; they were evacuated early this year at the site of ancient cities of Eshnunna and Opis. Above photograph shows Miss P. McLaughlin, Cincinnati artist, and L. Stienes, of Fairmont, Nebraska, viewing the primitive subjects."
Panoramic view of Abraham Lincoln complex at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934. The exhibit includes reproductions of Lincoln's birthplace, his early home in Indiana, the Lincoln-Berry store, where he clerked, and the Wigwam where he was nominated for the U.S. presidency. The building at the far left is a reproduction of the Rutledge Tavern where Lincoln met and courted Anne Rutledge. Lake Michigan is seen in the background.
Replica of Abraham Lincoln's early home in Indiana.
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