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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Promoters used the star Arcturus to ceremoniously open A Century of Progress in 1933. It was believed that the light of Arcturus took 40 years to reach the Earth, and this fact was used as a way to connect the Century of Progress with Chicago's earlier world fair in 1893.]
"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."
"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."
"An enthusiastic crowd greeted the first appearance of the Bruce Toy Symphony Orchestra of Kansas City today (Tuesday) at the Court of States when it opened a three-day engagement. This unusual group of 60 children ranging from four to eight years, plays classical selections on marimbas, xylophones, orchestra bells, celestas, and a full complement of percussion instruments."
"Children play house at A Century of Progress. Little Miss Joan Leavens, seven years old, of Wenatchee, Washington, is having lots of fun selling flowers to her sister, Margaret Leavens, nine years old, in the Puroil children's rest house in the General Electric Exhibits building at the World's Fair."
"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."
"Gene Sarazen, famous golfer, was a visitor to the World's Fair today (Thursday, Sept. 6) and manifested keen interest in the exhibit of ancient drivers, niblicks, and midirons at the Wilson-Western Sporting Goods Company in the Food and Agriculture Building. Here you see the demon linksman wielding a niblick against one of the old fashioned 'feather' golf balls used by players a hundred years ago, as Dorothy LaFold looks on."
"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."
"How would you like to go romping with a shovel-nosed elephant? It was quite the proper caper back in the stone age, according to Edyth Arlen, Neanderthal woman in the 'World A Million Years Ago' at the World's Fair. Edyth learned all about the shovel-noses in the legends handed down by her ancestors."
"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."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, is bossing the job while Victor Bump, 27 years old and 50 inches tall, works on the Chevrolet Assembly line in the General Motors Building at the World's Fair. Both of these small people are members of Midget City at the Century of Progress."
"Miss Gladys Farkes, 27 years old and 47 inches tall, thinks she would make a good radiator cap for the 1934 Chevrolet. Miss Fawkes is one of the residents of Midget City at the World's Fair and was a visitor in the General Motors Building." [I can see a lady on the car. She can flip over when it stops.]
"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."
"Politely stepping aside to let his sister enter the turnstiles of the World's Fair today (Wednesday, August 29th) won for William McAvoy, 10, of Rochester, N.Y., the distinction of being the nine millionth visitor to the Fair. William, who is the son of "Wicky" McAvoy, who was famous a few years ago as first string catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, is shown here being greeted by Col. Robert Isham Randolph, assistant to the general manager of A Century of Progress. The honored youngster was presented with many gifts and was the guest of the Fair for the day."
"Reunion in Chicago! The Chicago World's Fair was the meeting place yesterday (Sunday) for a brother and sister who had not seen each other for more than forty years. Mrs. Amelia Scott of Long Beach, California who left her home in Kerlsruhe, Baden, Germany, to make her home in the United States for the dual purpose of seeing the World's Fair and her brother Eugene Oeschler, a Chicago salesman. The pair had not met since Mrs. Scott left Germany, although Oeschler came from Germany in 1923."
"Reunion in Chicago! The Chicago World's Fair was the meeting place yesterday (Sunday) for a brother and sister who had not seen each other for more than forty years. Mrs. Amelia Scott of Long Beach, California, who left her home in Kerlsruhe, Baden, Germany in 1892 to make her home in the United States for the dual purpose of seeing the World's Fair and her brother Eugene Oeschler, a Chicago salesman. The pair has not met since Mrs. Scott left Germany, although Oeschler cam from Germany in 1923."
"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 girls are studying first hand the bottle and glassmaking art of the ancients as shown by the world's oldest collection of antique glass containers on exhibition in the Owens Illinois glass-block building at the World's Fair in Chicago. Some of the bottles in the collection, which belongs to the Toledo Museum of Art, are nearly 3,000 years old and valued at thousands of dollars. Here the girls are seen examining a Venetian urn several centuries old. The girls are, left to right, Marie Kraemer, Betty Daily, and Rosemary Day."
"This was the first store of the Stix, Baer & Fuller in 1881 founded by the Baer Brothers. The showpiece was made for the 50 years anniversary of the firm."
"Whistler would have been proud to paint a mother like this one! Mrs. J.E. Benedict, 85 years old, 6715 Greenview Ave., winner of the North Side Day contest for the most attractive grandmother held at the World's Fair yesterday stole the show from her younger rivals in the beauty contests."
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