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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[The central stairway to the Century of Progress Federal Building on Northerly Island. The Federal Building featured an art-deco design that included a rotunda and three tower-pylons representing the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the U.S. government.]
[Three individuals with the National Advisory Council for A Century of Progress.]
[Three unidentified men looking over the diorama of the Century of Progress Belgian Village.]
"'Be a swell person -- Take an Orphan to the Fair' is the motto of the movement started by the Mandel Brothers, State street department store, to help charitable Chicagoans take under-privileged children on World's Fair outings. Shown here is Leon Mandel, general manager, with the first of the groups to visit the exposition, composed of boys from the Bohemian Orphan asylum, the Illinois Protestant Children's home, and the Chicago Home for Jewish children. A special department, under the management of Mrs. Jennie Pervin, has been organized in the club women's bureau on the ninth floor of the store, to assist persons planning orphan parties; such persons may write, call in person, or telephone State 1500. Orphans, in groups of three or more, will be admitted to the Fair grounds for five cents each."
"'Have a World's Fair cane, boys," says Leon Mandel, general manager of Mandel Brothers, state street store, to these orphans from the Bohemian Orphan asylum, the Illinois Protestant Children's home and the Chicago Home for Jewish Children. He was host Wednesday (September 26th) to the first group to visit the exposition under the store's plan to assist charitable Chicagoans in taking underprivileged children on World's Fair outings. A special department, in charge of Mrs. Jennie Pervin, has been set up in the club women's bureau on the ninth floor, to help hosts organize their groups. For full information, citizens need only write, call in person, or telephone State 1500. Orphans will be admitted to the Fair in groups of three or more for five cents each."
"Bait casting as it should be done is shown by Chief Coller, world's champion trick caster in the pool fronting the Travel and Transport building at the World's Fair. Three Abbott dancers, Dorothy Carlson, Dolores Smith and Mildred Koplin, together with Mrs. Coller, proved eager pupils, anxious to master the difficult art. The exhibitions are given twice daily as a feature of the Sportsmen's show inside the building."
"Chicago: New World's records in swimming are promised when these three champions start paddling in their favorite events on the program of the National A.A.U. outdoor title racing carnival in the World's Fair Lagoon, scheduled for July 6, 7, and 8. One of the greatest fields ever assembled will compete in the eleven titular events carded. Picture here, from top to bottom, are Leonard Spence, of the New York A.C., Ralph Flanagan, of the Greater Miami A.A., and Jack Medica, of the Washington A.C., Seattle. Leonard Spence is the National A.A.U. breastroke world's record holder at 220 yards and 440 yards champion in this style. Flanagan holds the American mark for one mile, 21 minutes, 12 1/5 seconds. Medica boasts the world's record, 10 minutes 15.4 seconds for 880 yards, free style."
"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."
"Just Like Home -- so these three Senoritas say as they inspect the Spanish Village at the World's Fair. The Village is an exact copy from the sketches and photos made in Spain early this year by D.H. Burnham, architect. Left to right the Senoritas are Yolanda Diaz, Maria Olverez, and Maria de la Vega."
"North approach to the Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress Exposition, which opens May 27th and continues until November 1st. The beautiful carillon tower rising above the Hall is equipped with mellow-toned chimes that send their music floating out over the grounds throughout the day and night. Inside the Hall of Science, Exposition visitors view dramatic action exhibits of industries closely related to the basic sciences. The building comprises superb examples of modern architecture. It is U-shaped with two arms reaching down to a sparkling lagoon, and enclosing a court of three acres. In the center of its upper terrace is a circular well, forming the base of a court colorful with pools, fountains and flower-gardens."
"Part of the 400 policeman who took part in the Chicago Day parade at the World's Fair on Tuesday , October 9th. The police contingent was made up of 250 police and 50 from each of the three park forces. They were reviewed by Mayor E. J. Kelly and other city officials who were guests of honor at the Fair."
"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."
"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 Chicago World's Fair attracts the old and the young and the in-between alike. Photograph shows three generations of Cubans during a neighborly visit to the Puerto Rican exhibit in the Court of States. From left to right: J.R. Valiente, Elvira Lara Vda Valiente, and Sarita Valiente, all of Havana."
"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."
"These officers of the army, navy and marine corps command the various detachments at Camp Franklin D. Roosevelt at the World's Fair of which Col. Morris Keck, United States infantry, is post commandant. It is the first time in history that the three branches of the American forces have been under one command in peace time. Front row, from left to right: 1st. Lt. Lenard B. Creswell, Capt. Nevins D. Young, Capt. Frederick E. Stack, Capt. James D. Brown, Col. Keck, Lt. Charles L. Hutton, Capt. Samuel McCullough, Lt. Edward F. Hutchins and Chief Marine Gunner Horace Talbot, director of the post marine band. Rear, left to right, Warrant Officer Josef Studney, director of the post army band, Lt. Thrif, army medical corps, Ensign George R. Wilson, 2nd. Lt. Thomas A. Glass, Lt. Carl V. Green, Jr., 1st Lt. Jack P. Juhan, 2nd Lt. William L. McCulla, Ensign Everett E. Seagraves and 2nd Lt. Frederick H. Fairchild."
"Three new musical instruments, an electrical violin, a clavier, and an electrical guitar, attract much comment from spectators at the outdoor science theater in the court of the Hall of Science at the World's Fair. The instruments are the invention of Lloyd Loar, lecturer on the physics of music at Northwestern University, who is seated at the clavier. The other musicians are Charles Stein (left) and Ruth Brenner (right). The instruments produce an electrical current which is amplified and converted into sound by the loudspeaker shown in the picture."
"Three stars of the Tipica Police Orchestra of Mexico City, now giving tow concerts daily in the Court of States at A Century of Progress. They are, left to right: Fortino Juarez, known as El Bajista, a virtuoso on the guitar and mandolin; Jose Rubio, tenor, who specializes in Mexican ballads and romantic songs; and Laura Rivas (Senora Zendejas), the stately contralto of the Tipicas. As a trio, they specialize in 'canciones rancheras,' or ranch songs."
"Three visitors from Switzerland admiring the faithful reproduction of one of their own villages at the Swiss Village at the new World's Fair. Left to right: V. Beusch, Swiss consul, Dr. J. Brummer, Swiss representative, and Geo. M. Potie, president of the Swiss village."
"When Mrs. Vernon Moore (upper left) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who as Francis Dagmera was premiere danseuse in many noted productions with the Pavley-Oukrainsky ballet, visited the Mexican Village at the World's Fair, she met two other former premieres, Mrs. E. McDonald (Marie Nemeroff), right, and Mrs. Howard Mayer (Helene Samuels). All three were premieres with the internationally known ballet from 1922 to 1925."
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