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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Workers assemble the electrical wiring to power the Century of Progress Hall of Science building. This photo was taken in June of 1932.]
"8 of the 14 huge pillars covered with murals depicting the story of the electrical industry. These pillars are located above the General Electric 'House of Magic' (at lower left), and extend along the entire length of the balcony over the exhibit. At a Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago, Ill."
"A display of small apparatus which includes some new developments, such as the Thyratron speed control for motors, quiet operating motor on sound isolating base, and gear motors, supplemented by models of large equipment represents the apparatus section of the General Electric Company in its exhibit at the Century of Progress."
"A display of the Industrial Electric Heat Applications shown as part of Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair."
"A Model Dress Shop with mannequins posing upon revolving stages and curtains which open and close automatically is one of a series of model shops displayed in miniature at the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"A talking kitchen which explains itself, a working kitchen where meals are prepared, and between them a planning room where modern electric kitchens are designed represent the General Electric Kitchen Institute in the company's exhibit at A Century of Progress."
"Above the 'House of Magic,' in which General Electric presents demonstrations of spectacular research laboratory developments, and extending along the entire length of a balcony over the exhibit space is a series of thirteen huge pillars covered with murals which depict the story of the electrical industry. A lounge is located on the roof of the House of Magic."
"Alice in Lightland aided by the magician 'Electricity' presents an unusual display of artistic effects in the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"An Electric Eye Size Sorter which automatically sorts ball bearings correctly according to size is one of the 'wonders' on display at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Artistic lighting effects are used on this statue which is on display at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair." [The statue is large, white, and beautiful.]
"At Enchanted Island, the center of children's activities of A Century of Progress Exposition 1934, Chicago -- 'The Fireman's Fountain.' This fountain is the source of the pool within the tropical garden. The electrical display inside stimulates fire."
"Before they leave the factory, Mazda lamps are put through eleven exacting tests. Miss Gladys Armstrong demonstrates how it is done in the General Electric Exhibit."
"Built to demonstrate the use of light as an architectural element in the appearance of buildings, this model city in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress is complete to the stalled automobile being towed to a nearby garage."
"Circuit breakers, new and unusual types of motors, control devices, welding equipment, and electron tube control are some of the products of the apparatus section of the General Electric on exhibit at the Century of Progress. Models of large apparatus are also used extensively."
"Edward H. Sniffen, Asst. Vice-President of Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, signing contract for renewal of the company's exhibit at the 1934 World's Fair. Shown with Mr. Sniffen are (left) Rufus C. Dawes, President of the Exposition, and Lenox R. Lohr, General Manager. The exhibit will occupy the same space in the Electrical Building as last year, with many new features introduced."
"Electrical housekeeping is carried into the laundry in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress where the newest labor saving devices for the home laundry are demonstrated."
"Electricity at Work in the model show window presents such features as indirect lighting, a revolving platform for mannequins and many other innovations at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Fannie Brice, Ziegfeld Follies star, looks in by way of television on three contestants for the title of 'Miss Chicago' who are shown in a large airliner at the World's Fair. The likeness of the Follies star shown in the portable television originated at the Television exhibit on Northerly Island of the Fair. A contract with the Follies awaits the winner of the beauty contest."
"From the lounge, on the roof of General Electric's 'House of Magic,' the company's story of electricity in home and industry presents this impressive appearance."
"Gigantic sculptured plaque 'Light,' one of the two figures that flank the sides of the Electrical Building of A Century of Progress Exposition."
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