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"In this auditorium in the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress, General Electric presents the romantic story of the development of lamps and lighting."
"In this modernistic setting in the General Electric exhibit at the Century of Progress are shown the newest models of electric ranges, dishwashers, and water heaters. Visitors may examine them and see how they operate."
"In this small auditorium in the General Electric exhibit at A Century of Progress, visitors may learn what's new in electrical equipment for industrial applications."
"Installations of two systems of General Electric air conditioning equipment for the home are shown in this four-way setting in the G.E. exhibit in the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress. Two basements and sections of the first floor above indicate how the systems are put in."
"It has been said that the Hall of Religion has stolen the show. At any rate, this is an important exhibit at the Fair, visited by hundreds of thousands of persons, and the exhibits are fascinating. No sects, creeds, fanatics, or denominations holds forth - it is all for the good, and in the name of the Cause."
"J.F. Sullivan, diamond export from Kimberley, South Africa, points out a diamond that has become stuck on the "grease table" of the Diamond Recovery Plant in the Diamond Mine exhibit in the General Exhibits Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Dorothea Ross of Chicago is the interested visitor, and L.S. Root, another Kimberley diamond engineer, is the pensive gentleman at the right."
"Japanese Pavilion at the World's Fair in winter. A striking snow scene was taken in the gardens before the Japanese exhibit which will open with the rest of the Century of Progress May 26th."
"Left to Right - Berenice Dodd, Hilda Wiegel and Marcella Dodd are shown inspecting a part of the elaborate rose exhibit in the Horticulture Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Twenty five of the leading florists of the United States are competing for honors in the show, which will last six days."
"Life-like in form and action, and with a look of evil intent, these prehistoric animals aren't good for your eyesight unless you are in command of all your faculties! We should be glad we did not live during the age of these huge beasts…what a chance would mere man have…however, the Sinclair exhibit proved to be very clever."
"Light and lighting present an interesting picture of progress in the incandescent lamp section of the General Electric Company exhibit at A Century of Progress."
"Men at work on the modern work benches, tool cabinets, hand tools, and gadgets which are included in the equipment of the model home work shop on exhibit at the Electric Light and Power Industry's display on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"Mercury vapor and sodium vapor lamps are two of the important items shown in this exhibit of the General Electric Vapor Lamp Co., in the Electrical Building of the Century of Progress."
"Miss Jayne C. Walker, pretty Lexington, Ky., World's Fair visitor, was the first to sign the guest register of the Wilson and company exhibit when the exhibit was dedicated Sunday (June 17) afternoon. Left to right: Thomas E. Wilson, chairman of the board of directors of Wilson and company; Miss Walker and Miss Jane Iredale, exhibit employee."
"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."
"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."
"On the right of this picture are the many pavilions which comprise the General Exhibits Group. Here you may see a complete diamond mine, or stockings being manufactures, or a piano exhibit, or the operation of a steel plant. It is a fascinating place where hours pass by like seconds."
"One milligram of protactinium, the total supply of element 9, rarer than radium from whose wastes it was extracted, was placed on exhibit in the Hall of Science of the World's Fair today (Thursday, September 27th). LaDonne Patier is shown here with the rare exhibit which was isolated and placed in the periodic table of elements by Dr. Aristid von Grosse of the University of Chicago department of chemistry. Dr. von Grosse extracted the element from 15,000 milligrams of radium waste obtained form Czechoslovakia."
"Orville Sontag (left) winner of the first prize in the Model Yacht regatta, held Sunday (September 9th) in the South Lagoon of the World's Fair, is shown receiving from B.C. Freidman the trophy emblematic of victory at [the] meeting of contestants in the Chicago Parks exhibit at the Century of Progress. Sontag's entry, the trim Monsoon, scored 19 points while leading all the other tiny craft [that] raced with automatic steering control over a 1,000 foot course."
"Pursuing the quest for knowledge with the same zest with which they participated in greased pig races, pie eating contests, and other competitions staged at the Fair during the summer, thousands of Chicago school students are taking advantage of the reduced rate student tours offered by the management of the Chicago World's Fair. To enable students to see the many educational features of the Exposition, admission prices for children in groups of ten or more have been reduced to five cents with accompanying teachers admitted free. Here a group of sixth graders from the Lewis Champlin school are getting the visual instruction in the art of glassblowing from Maestro Romano Zanetti, one of the master craftsmen in the Venice-Murano exhibit."
"Redressing Hall of Science for the New Fair. E. Pantano is shown here repairing an exhibit in the chemistry section, showing the formation of sulphuric acid. Scientific exhibits will be considerably enlarged and improved for the opening of the new Exposition in Chicago May 26th."
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