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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Budy Mabry, age 11, of 106 North Edith Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has come to the fair all alone to see the sights."
"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."
"George Blagden, husky long distance swimmer, who represented the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Memphis, Tenn., in the 15 mile marathon grind at A Century of Progress in 1933, finishing second to Marvin Nelson, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, is out to capture the championship event when it is again staged on Sunday, July 22nd, at the World's Fair in Chicago. Nelson set a new American record of 7 hours, 22 minutes and 24 3-5 seconds to lead Blagden across the finishing line. Blagden is reported in great trim for the grueling battle. The race is sponsored by William Randolph Hearst, who has posted a purse of $10,000, the winner to receive $5,000.The race will start at the Seventy-ninth Street beach on Chicago's south side, with the course laid along the shore line of Lake Michigan and the last seven miles to be swum in the World's Fair Lagoon."
"Lilly Anderson, East State Road, Rockford, Illinois (left) and Virginia Hanson, 1608 Beston street, visit the Illinois Host House as their first spot of interest after arriving at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two girls won the trip by capturing the 7th Street Fall Festival Popularity honors."
"Miss Kathryn Dougherty, 22, of Waterloo, Iowa, became the 2,000,000th visitor to the World's Fair when she passed through the 23rd street gate at 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday (June 20th). She is shown here with Martin M. Tveter, comptroller of the Fair, who presented her with the gifts seen at the left of the picture."
"More than 1,000 orphans from a score of orphan institutions in Chicago and vicinity were guests of the World's Fair yesterday (Wednesday). The happy children are shown entering the Fourteenth street gate of the Fair. They spent the entire afternoon on a tour of the Exposition grounds."
"Mrs. Helen Reid of 808 East 42nd street, was the 16th and last millionth visitor to the World's Fair today, the last day of the great exposition, Mrs. Reid, a widow, came in to the 23rd street entrance of the Fair at 1:13 p.m. where she was greeted by officials of the Fair and then taken in a parade to the administration building where she was greeted by Rufus C. Dawes, president (center) and Lenox R. Lohr, general manager of the exposition. The honored visitor was presented with gifts valued at several hundred dollars."
"Mrs. Helen Reid, of 808 East 42nd street, was the sixteenth and last millionth visitor to the World's Fair today, the last day of the great exposition. Mrs. Reid, a widow, came in to the 23rd street entrance of the Fair at 1:13 p.m. where she was greeted by officials of the Fair and then taken in a parade to the administration building where she was greeted by Rufus C. Dawes, president, (center) and Lenox R. Lohr, general manager of the exposition. The honored visitor was presented with gifts valued at several hundred dollars."
"Mrs. Helen Reid, of 808 East 42nd street, who was the sixteenth and last millionth visitor to the World's Fair today (Wednesday), the last day of the great exposition. She was showered with several hundred dollars worth of gifts."
"One of this group of five Lithuanian beauties will be chosen as "Miss Lithuania" in the semi-finals of the World's Fair 'Miss Century of Progress' contest Saturday night (September 29th). These girls were selected in preliminary judging staged at the fair last night (Wednesday). They are, front row, Julia Sadulis, 1058 Lafayette Street; and Frances Bariss, 5124 South University Avenue. Rear row, Jean Soris, 4407 South Union Street; Eleanor Mondus, 6047 South Union Avenue; and Aldona Grignonis, 3322 South Union Avenue."
"Part of the 700 boys from Pittsburgh who swarmed through the 14th street gates at the new World's Fair today (June 22nd), ready to enjoy everything from the Midway to the Egg Laying contest at the south end of the exposition grounds. They were guests of the Pittsburgh Press, having won the trip through a competition in circulation efforts. Between 8,000 and 10,000 Pittsburgh newsboys are expected to visit the Fair in a similar way this summer, guests of three Pittsburgh newspapers."
"Paul Revere's House for Colonial Village of New World's Fair. This faithful reproduction of the oldest house in Boston, built some time between 1650 and 1680, is rising side by side with Old North Church, Mount Vernon, Benjamin Franklin's printing shop and scores of other buildings famed for hundreds of years in American history. The Colonial Village will be seen on the Fair's street of foreign villages when the exposition opens May 26."
"Smack! Together we make 15 million. That's enough for anybody. William McAvoy, (left) 10 years old thus greeted Peggy Klein, 8, as they met a reception at Swift's restaurant following the greeting of McAvoy as the nine millionth visitor to A Century of Progress - the Chicago World's Fair. He came through the gate at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday. Miss Klein was the six millionth visitor at Swift's bridge. She lives at 510 Pearl street, Ottawa, Ill. and he lives at 371 Schofield Road, Rochester, New York. He is the son of Wicky McAvoy, formerly first string catcher for Connie Mack's Athletics and now the conductor of a bowling alley in Rochester."
"These boys, from Lawrence hall, 4833 North Armitage avenue, saw the World's Fair (Oct. 12) as the guests of Leon Mandel, general manager of Mandel Brothers State street department store, in the store's 'Be a Swell Person' campaign to make it possible for under-privileged children to see the exposition. A special department has been set up on the ninth floor to assist big-hearted citizens in planning outings for groups of three or more."
"Two of the contestants who entered in the 'Parade of the Masques' contest held on the Boardwalk of the Midway at the new World's Fair last night (August 8th). Dressed in Zula costume are Adelaide Fisher and Arthur Fisher, 1652 Nelson Street."
"Winner, Rolf A. Maren, 4522 Beacon Street, and John R. Thompson, Jr., presenting the trophy for best photo submitted in the Lagoon Fountain contest."
"WLS radio entertainers stage a royal reception for the seventh millionth visitor to the World's Fair, 12-year old Elizabeth Carroll, (third from left), 3145 Union street, Chicago. Elizabeth, a dark-haired Irish miss who came to the Fair with her father and little sister for the celebration of Irish Day, was presented with a number of valuable gifts which are being tendered by the radio entertainers in behalf of Fair concessions."
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."
The Swift Co. "Swift Bridge" exhibit over the twenty-third street bridge.
This 1932 artist's rendition shows the Century of Progress Exposition from the 12th Place to 39th Street. Buildings are depicted occupying the shore line and Northerly Island, which parallel the mainland sire from 12th Street to 23rd Street.
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