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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Aerial view of the Century of Progress. The Streets of Paris, one of the most popular exhibits at the Fair, is in the foreground to the right.]
"Down at the extreme south end of the Fair grounds we see a little but of old Europe. This Ukraine building is picturesque and the exhibits within are most interesting. Crafts and handiwork are shown in the profusion."
"Even the famous Brian Boru would be envious of the honors heaped on this younger Brian at the World's Fair yesterday after he won the title of the 'North Side's Most Beautiful Child.' Brian Joseph Burns, 2 years old, 229 East Superior Street, the calm winner, seems quite satisfied to pose for the camera and watch for the 'birdie.' The contest was part of the festivities attendant on the North Side Day celebration at A Century of Progress."
"Interior of the Circle, Hall of Science Building. An interesting view of the interior of the circle at the main entrance of the Hall of Science. This is a most decorative spot and the lighting lends itself to the picture."
"Marie Martinez, Pueblo Indian woman, with a 1934 Council Fire medal presented to her last night (Friday, September 7) during Indian day ceremonies at the World's Fair, for the 'outstanding achievement of an Indian.' She is considered the most artistic maker of Indian pottery."
"Mirror. Since the ancients did not know how to make mirrors by placing quicksilver on the glass, mirrors must be made of bronze which was polished to give a fairly good reflection. The most interesting scenes on mirrors come from the Etruscans, a strange people in North Central Italy. Here Castor, one of the Heavenly twins, meets two nymphs." Italy. 5th Century B.C."
"Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiling Breton's "Song of the Lark" on July 10, 1934. The painting was voted the most popular in America in a contest conducted by the Chicago Daily News. The Art Institute of Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition of Fine Arts."
"Nearly 200 of the most valued employees of the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois were entertained by the management of the company at a luncheon held in the Director's Room at the new Chicago World's Fair Wednesday, (July 18). After the luncheon, the group spent the remainder of the afternoon and evening viewing the wonders of the great expedition. They are shown assembled before the Administration building."
"Photographers are literally pouring in to the dental charm committee of the Chicago World's Fair which has undertaken a search for the Most Irresistible Smile in America. Frances Ingram, beauty authority (right), one of the judges, is checking over the photos of candidates with Nancy Frazer, chairman of the committee. Photos of more than 10,000 'smile' candidates have already been submitted. Three winners will be guests of the committee at the Century of Progress Exposition this summer. The judges are Miss Ingram, McClelland Barclay, the artist, and Margery Wilson, charm expert."
"The Hall of Social Science is one of the most important exhibits at the Exposition. The social development of mankind, his home, environment and education are shown at this exhibit."
"This old colonial stock failed to deprive Miss Georgie Berry, Richmond, Va., of her charming smile, even with the ridicule afforded by Miss Mildred Smith, left, of Wilbur, Wash., and Miss Betty Bort, Long Beach, Calif. The smile trio, finals in a national charm smile contest, visited A Century of Progress yesterday (Tuesday, July 24) and were luncheon guests at the Colonial Village where this picture was snapped by a Fair photographer."
"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."
"World's Fair visitors chose Elinor Huesman, 17, of 1102 Loyola Avenue, as the most beautiful of the beauties representing 30 nationalities, for the title of 'Miss Century of Progress.' She was 'Miss Germany' in the contest which was conducted on the Fair grounds, the selection being made by popular vote. In addition to being a senior at Sullivan High School, Miss Huesman is a dance instructor."
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