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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"A display of small apparatus which includes some new developments, such as the Thyratron speed control for motors, quiet operating motor on sound isolating base, and gear motors, supplemented by models of large equipment represents the apparatus section of the General Electric Company in its exhibit at the Century of Progress."
"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 potato queen and the winner of a 4H Club canning contest view the Fair as their prize for their victories. Frances Krause, 21 years old, Lapeer Michigan, is Michigan's first Potato Queen, a title which she won at the Lapeer County Fair on September 27th from a field of 90 contestants. Merle Ruah, 14 years old, is the winner of the canning contest at the same 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."
"A view of the Lagoon theater, grandstand and the John R. Thompson twin restaurants as seen from the Hiram Walker 'Doodlebug' in the north lagoon at A Century of Progress. The theater has been roofed and a permanent stage built on spiles has replaced the roofless stands and floating stage of 1933. The changes were made because of the extreme popularity of the theater last year. At the left may be seen the completed unit of the Thompson restaurants, which began serving food today."
"Above the 'House of Magic,' in which General Electric presents demonstrations of spectacular research laboratory developments, and extending along the entire length of a balcony over the exhibit space is a series of thirteen huge pillars covered with murals which depict the story of the electrical industry. A lounge is located on the roof of the House of Magic."
"After winning the tenth annual pushmobile race sponsored by the Board of Education which was held at the Chicago World's Fair yesterday (Friday), the victorious Orr playground team is presented with Chrysler Motors medals by Ernst Buehler, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education."
"An Electric Eye Size Sorter which automatically sorts ball bearings correctly according to size is one of the 'wonders' on display at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Artistic lighting effects are used on this statue which is on display at the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair." [The statue is large, white, and beautiful.]
"Canoe tilting, which gives the unlucky loser a sudden ducking, is one of the many water sports provided for the amusement of visitors at the Swift's Bridge of the new Chicago World's Fair."
"Congressman Richard J. Welsh, his wife and son, Richard, Jr., of California, sign the official register of the new World's Fair in the Sears Roebuck building, while Major Chester L. Fordney, of stratosphere flight fame, looks on. The congressman and his family are on their way to California from Washington. He expressed the opinion that the Fair this year is even more colorful and picturesque than A Century of Progress last year, having seen both, and declared it a sight which no one should miss."
"Ernest Buehler, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education, receives a sample of the kind of milk which will be given free to children who visit the World's Fair on the special Children's Day which has been arranged in conjunction with Fair officials and the Mayor's Keep Chicago Ahead committee. The free milk will be donated by the Chicago Milk Foundation, and Carl Dysenroth, executive secretary of the foundation, here completes arrangements concerning it."
"Facsimile of the souvenir ticket, in form of a certificate of last day attendance, which will be given to every person who goes through the turnstiles at A Century of Progress on the final day, Wednesday, October 31. The certificate will be handed out, not at the ticket windows but at the turnstiles, and will be available from the opening hour until midnight. It bears the signatures of Rufus C. Dawes, president, and L.R. Lohr, general manager of the Exposition."
"Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., son of the President, pays a visit to the International World Clock at the New World's Fair. Left to right: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.; F.L. Wessen, International Business Machines representative, in which exhibit the clock is located; Donald E. Jackson of Providence R.I., companion of Franklin; and C.W. Hope, in charge of the exhibit."
"From left to right: Wallace Sample, Cyril Hill, Mrs. W.B. Wilson, Mrs. W.T. Hall, Mrs. D. Q. Wilson and D. Q. Wilson are shown in the exhibit of the Oriental Institute in the Hall of Social Science on Northerly Island at A Century of Progress. They are inspecting a mummy which is believed to date from the 7th century B.C. Portions of the mummy's wrappings have been cut away so that visitors to this popular exhibit may see the method used by the ancients in wrapping the mummies. The specimen is loaned by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago."
"Gloria Swanson is all smiles as she steps from the elevator of the west Skyride tower from the top of which she previewed the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Swanson was the first 1934 Skyride visitor."
"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."
"Great Hall of the massive Hall of Science at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair -- A Century of Progress exposition, which opens May 27th and closes November 1st. Ceilings, panels, balconies, and stairways of the building embody new and superb examples of modern architectural design. Here the spirit of man's scientific achievement during the past 100 years, the predominant note of the Exposition -- finds concrete expression. The hall of Science houses a wealth of exhibits by industries closely related to the basic industries, with sections devoted to biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, and medicine."
"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."
"Here are presented the various methods of concealed and exposed wiring which are on display at the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
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