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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Gigantic sculptured plaque 'Light,' one of the two figures that flank the sides of the Electrical Building of A Century of Progress Exposition."
"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."
"Interior of the Circle, Hall of Science Building. An interesting view of the interior of the circle at the main entrance of the Hall of Science. This is a most decorative spot and the lighting lends itself to the picture."
"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."
"Mercury vapor and sodium vapor lamps are two of the important items shown in this exhibit of the General Electric Vapor Lamp Co., in the Electrical Building of the Century of Progress."
"Night view of the Illinois Host Building, where the state of Illinois welcomes guests from her sister states to A Century of Progress -- Chicago's 1933 World's Fair."
"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."
"North Entrance of the Hall of Science, a modern architectural masterpiece at A Century of Progress -- Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. Designed to display the wonders of science and the industries related to it, this structure is itself something of a marvel in construction and design."
"North facade of the Hall of Science -- Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. At night the twelve pylons, arranged in a semi-circle about an electric fountain, are illuminated in red. The carillon tower shown in the distance is lighted in a mysterious blue. The entire building is a symphony of color in the modern manner."
"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."
"Sarah Ann McCabe, pretty NBC radio star, waves at her public from the model of the 70 story-story RCA building in Rockefeller Center, New York City, headquarters of the NBC. The model, located in the Hall of Social Science at the World's Fair, is lighted by an artificial sun when a visitor steps on the 'radio carpet' surrounding it."
"The Hall of Social Science is one of the most important exhibits at the Exposition. The social development of mankind, his home, environment and education are shown at this exhibit."
"The new exhibit house to be shown at the Century of Progress Exposition this year by General Houses, Inc., will rise just south of the Lincoln Group on the lake front. This attractive five-room dwelling with attached garage will be a 'house of steel,' for this material will be used on the interior walls and ceiling as well as for the outside walls. The interior of the house is to be furnished throughout in a manner consistent with modern style trends. Howard T. Fisher is president and chief architect of the company."
"The night is pierced with light - of every hue - waterfalls, lacy sprays, and light that shoots off high into the heavens! This display may be seen in the court of the Electrical Building."
"Vapor lamps and lighting schemes they make possible form the theme of the General Electric Vapor Lamp Company exhibit at the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress."
"View of the hall of Science, at A Century of Progress Exposition showing the interior of the great courtyard, the fins for illuminating the tower and the patterned cut-outs for lighting the wall surfaces."
"With actual size packages and novelties as a lure, visitors jammed the Foods and Agriculture building today (Saturday) at the Chicago World's Fair. The above picture shows a part of the crowd collecting their free gifts from one of the forty exhibitors participating in the 'Free Souvenir Day.'"
"Within the great court of the Hall of Science, where the wonders of scientific progress are revealed at A Century of Progress, Chicago's 1933 World's Fair. At the extreme left is shown the rostrum from which speakers address multitudes gathered for gala occasions. In the background appear the tops of the twelve pylons which, arranged in a semi-circle, from the north facade of this structure."
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