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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A parade at the Century of Progress 'Foreign Villages' exhibit. The ethnological exhibit included replicas of model villages from Spain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, Tunisia, and Morocco, among others. Each village was staffed by employees in costumes native to the country being represented. The model villages also featured entertainment, an arts and crafts demonstration, and indoor and outdoor dining.]
[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.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's giant airplane-shaped design celebrated Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight to the Century of Progress in 1933. Balbo was an Italian fascist, a leader of the Blackshirts, and a minister in Benito Mussolini's government. The front of the building also resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Pictured here is a model of the Italian Ocean liner S.S. Rex. The Rex was launched in 1931 and operated until allied bombers destroyed the ship in 1944.]
"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."
"Because an exhibit of model trains, designed for youngsters, made such a hit with grown-ups last year on Enchanted Island at the World's Fair, the officials in charge of the display decided to move it to Travel and Transport building this season where it continues to hold the popularity of youngsters between the ages of six and sixty."
"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."
"Herbert Laufman, 13, of Houston, Texas, is showing his fellow townsman, Ervin Lee Stein, Il., just how the model "L" cars operate at the Rapid Transit exhibit in the Hall of Science at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two boys visited A Century of Progress as guests of the Houston Examiner."
"Here is depicted the perfect home work shop which is a feature of the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"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."
"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."
"Sarah Ann McCabe, pretty NBC radio star, waves at her public from the model of the 70 story-story RCA building in Rockefeller Center, New York City, headquarters of the NBC. The model, located in the Hall of Social Science at the World's Fair, is lighted by an artificial sun when a visitor steps on the 'radio carpet' surrounding it."
"Spring weather brought these girls out to look over the Wilson and Co. exhibit at the new World's Fair which opens May 28th. They are among 250 selected from 1,000 to work at the exhibit this summer. They are shown grouped around a model of the Wilson building."
"This Studebaker 'year ahead model' got a good start yesterday (June 26) when Miss South Bend broke a bottle of champagne over its motor as part of the dedicatory ceremonies of the company's exhibit in the Travel and Transport building at the new World's Fair. Left to right, Miss South Bend (Henrietta Swedenberg), Colonel Robert Isham Randolph assistant to the general manager of the Fair, and Paul Hoffmann, president of the Studebaker company."
Model for Swift and Company's exhibit at the 1934 Century of Progress showing the water theater, "floating" stage, terraces, restaurants, and general details of the unique design. The major portion was to be built over the lagoon from the north side of the twenty-third street bridge, which would be dubbed the "Swift Bridge of Service."
Replica of Abraham Lincoln's early home in Indiana.
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