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"Here are presented various electrical heating appliances which occupy a prominent part of the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Here are shown the two ten ton Frigidaire condensing units which provide a change of air every two minutes in the Electric Light and Power Industry's puppet theater on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair. The complete process of the air-cooling unit in operation is also on display at the exhibit."
"Here is depicted in miniature the first Edison Central Station which was constructed in New York in 1882. This is shown as a part of the exhibit of the Electric Light and Power Industry on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the World's Fair."
"Here is depicted the perfect home work shop which is a feature of the Electric Light and Power Industry's exhibit on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"Humans may like pie eating contests but monkeys prefer bananas in the raw if you don't mind, as you may readily see by this picture, which was snapped yesterday during the height of the World's Fair Monkey Banana Pie Eating Contest staged at the Frank Buck show on Northerly Island. A real monkey riot was precipitated shortly after this picture was taken by a gentleman who came to the show with a dozen real bananas."
"If expressions mean anything, Gloria Swanson and her party seem rather pleased with what they saw when they previewed the new World's Fair from the top of the west Sky-Ride tower. With Miss Swanson are Walter N. Greaza, leading man in the sketch in which she is now appearing at the Chicago Theater, and her secretary, Mrs. H.A. Richardson. The guard, resplendent in his new uniform, is J.F. Murphy."
"It's 'curtains' for those familiar, old, green Pullman curtains. They're out. This photo posed to show the new arrangement in the flashing, 110-miles-an-hour, all-aluminum streamlined Pullman Pacific train which is being exhibited at the World's Fair of 1934 in Chicago. Just close the aluminum door and presto, it's a nice private drawing room, convenient and homelike even if it was just a Pullman section during the daytime."
"Japanese Pavilion at the World's Fair in winter. A striking snow scene was taken in the gardens before the Japanese exhibit which will open with the rest of the Century of Progress May 26th."
"John Jay high school, Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded the Century of Progress trophy given to the school which won the greatest number of individual awards in the International commercial schools contest concluded at the World's Fair Thursday night (June 28th). E.W. Harrison, teacher in the school received the award from Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of the Fair. To the right is Violet Molner, Cleveland, who won first place in the amateur shorthand event for high schools."
"Left to Right - Berenice Dodd, Hilda Wiegel and Marcella Dodd are shown inspecting a part of the elaborate rose exhibit in the Horticulture Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Twenty five of the leading florists of the United States are competing for honors in the show, which will last six days."
"Making plans to have South Side Day at A Century of Progress - the Chicago 1933 World's Fair - one of the largest community days at the Exposition. Walter Tredup, chairman of the executive committee, showing the poster which will be displayed all over the south side of Chicago to Mrs. Roy Browne Loverin, one of the members of the executive committee."
"Marie Lubas, 18 years old, who presided as Ukrainian Queen during the impressive ceremonies which her race observed on Ukrainian Day at the World's Fair. Miss Lubas, who lives at 2215 West Rice St., is the contestant for her nationality in the 'Miss Century of Progress' popularity contest which closes Monday at midnight."
"Men at work on the modern work benches, tool cabinets, hand tools, and gadgets which are included in the equipment of the model home work shop on exhibit at the Electric Light and Power Industry's display on the second floor of the Electrical Building at the Chicago World's Fair."
"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."
"Mirror. The Etruscan goddess of wisdom, Minerva, draws with her spear tip the head of a horrible monster Medusa, which turns to stone those who see it, so that the hero Perseus may kill her without looking directly at her. Italy, 5th century B.C."
"Miss Evelyn Ronnestad of Minneapolis, Minn., was overjoyed today (Tuesday) when her purse, containing $25 of oil and gas money for the trip home for her and her party, was found and returned after being lost in the Sears building of A Century of Progress. The purse, which was missing for several hours, was found by Mr. and Mrs. Norman Maxwell of Titusville, Pa. The picture shows Miss Ronnestad (left) receiving her purse back from Miss Florence E. Johnson of the Sears information desk."
"National Railroad Fair exhibit of the Budd Company, which tells the story behind car manufacture. The exhibit features each week a different new all-stainless steel passenger car right off the production line."
"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."
"On the right of this picture are the many pavilions which comprise the General Exhibits Group. Here you may see a complete diamond mine, or stockings being manufactures, or a piano exhibit, or the operation of a steel plant. It is a fascinating place where hours pass by like seconds."
"One milligram of protactinium, the total supply of element 9, rarer than radium from whose wastes it was extracted, was placed on exhibit in the Hall of Science of the World's Fair today (Thursday, September 27th). LaDonne Patier is shown here with the rare exhibit which was isolated and placed in the periodic table of elements by Dr. Aristid von Grosse of the University of Chicago department of chemistry. Dr. von Grosse extracted the element from 15,000 milligrams of radium waste obtained form Czechoslovakia."
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