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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[A close up view of one of the entrances of the Electrical Group building at A Century of Progress International Exposition in early 1933, a few months before the opening of Fair.]
[A close-up view of the stairway leading up to the Hall of Science Tower.]
[A diorama depicting the John Kinzie's home near Fort Dearborn, Chicago. Kinzie bought his home from Jean Baptise Point DuSable, the first non-native settler in Chicago, in the 1780s and began a trading business with nearby Potawatomi Indians. Kinzie's wife, Eleanor, grew up among the Seneca as a captive.]
[Ford Building lit up at night at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[Garden leading up to the entrance of the Ford Building at the Century of Progress International Exposition, 1933-1934.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion was designed to resemble a giant airplane to celebrate Italo Balbo's transatlantic flight that ended at 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 sported a design that resembled the bundled fasces, an ancient symbol of the Roman Republic that was adopted by Italian and German fascists in the 20th century. Seen here is the stairway leading up to the Pavilion's auditorium.]
[Interior view of the Italian Pavilion at the Century of Progress International Exposition. The Pavilion's giant airplane 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. Seen here is one of the stairways leading up to the Pavilion's auditorium room.]
[Looking up the Carillon Tower of the Hall of Science.]
"'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."
"After 50 years of remaining in St. Louis, Louis Aubuchon, 94, is busy making up for his lack of travel by visiting the Chicago World's Fair. He is shown here at the Swiss Village with Dorothy Benson attempting to feed one of the mountain goats."
"Gloria Swanson looks up and gasps as W.R. Voght, superintendent of the Skyride, points out the platform, 628 feet straight up, from which she has just previewed the 1934 World's Fair. She was the first 1934 Skyride rider."
"Henry Sheldon, Chicago policeman, breaks a bottle a bottle of sparkling Burgundy over 'A Century of Progress Ranger' officially launching a Hudson Terraplane Coach on a ruggedness run, which will cover four states. The test will continue two weeks and the car is expected to roll up a year's mileage in that time. Sheldon, who resides at 5705 Seminole ave., was the winner of a contest in which the name of the car was selected."
"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."
"Something new in section appeal - in a Pullman car. Posed to show how much easier it is to 'get up and get down' in the ultra-modern berths shown this year for the first time anywhere in the new streamlined, 110-miles-an-hour, diesel-motored, all aluminum Union Pacific Pullman trains. They make their debut at the World's Fair of 1934 in Chicago."
"The bespectacled youth on the right is Dennis O' Shea, pie-eating champion of the 1934 World's Fair. Dennis inhaled a six-inch blueberry pie in one minute and thirteen seconds to win a contest staged at the Armour Building on Children's Day. At the left is Edward Jackson, who took third place in the contest, and Bob Callow, winner of the second prize, is in the middle. Callow might have won but he overlooked a bit of the filling which dropped off onto his plate and a vigilant judge made him clean it up."
"The latest tragedy at Niagra Falls where Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge Stanton of Toronto, Canada, and Burrell Heacock aged 17 of Cleveland, OH, were drowned by the breaking up of ice."
"The Syrian weather God Hadad. The up turned shoes indicate the influence of the Hittites who conquered North Syria, but the dress is Assyrian. The only trace of his bull origin is to be seen in the thorns on his head. The thunderbolt is broken. Aleppo, Syria. 10th century B.C."
"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."
"Veterans of the Spanish American War as they parade up to the 16th St. bridge from the Avenue of Flags. This parade was part of the celebration of Spanish-American War Day at the new World's Fair."
"When light beams from the star Arcturus were picked up by photoelectric tubes at four observatories, signals flashed on this display board on the rostrum of the Hall of Science to the show the audience how the official lighting of A Century of Progress was accomplished."
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