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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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[Rufus C. Dawes (center) seated alongside other Fair dignitaries.]
[The Guild House Party Tour visits the Century of Progress and meets with fair officials in 1932.]
[Veteran commanders of the Grand Army of the Republic take a guided tour of A Century of Progress. The photo is undated.]
[Veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic tour A Century of Progress. The photo is undated.]
"Be a Swell Person - Take an Orphan to the Fair. Here we see Frank Mandel, brother of Leon Mandel, who started the campaign doing his bit toward making it a success by taking a group of crippled children from the Martha Washington home for crippled children for an outing at the World's Fair. Mrs. Mandel is helping him entertain two of the children as they pose for photographers in the Court of Honor. The children are Alexander Pappas and Sylvia Cordinia."
"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."
"Dr. Henry Balfour, director of the Pitts River Museum of Oxford University and noted ethnologist, paid a visit to the World's Fair yesterday (Friday, August 31). He left Chicago last for Washington, D.C."
"Farmer is Rewarded For Being Seven Millionth Visitor to Fair - Henry J. Salmon, Milford, Ill., farmer, as World's Fair Cashier presents him with a bronze copy of official World's Fair medal, a full set of World's Fair Wonder Books, and new World's Fair auto stickers. Mr. Salmon was the seven millionth person to visit the Century of Progress. He is one of the vanguard of the thousands of farmers who will visit the Fair during Farm Week, August 13 to 19."
"Fay Wray, movie star, and Edward F. Dunne, United States commissioner to the World's Fair and former governor of Illinois, look over the sights at A Century of Progress from the steps of the Federal Building. Miss Wray was a guest of the World's Fair while stopping in Chicago on her way to Hollywood."
"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."
"Gloria Swanson, first 1934 Skyride visitor, takes a close-up inspection of the Hall of Science after getting a bird's-eye-view of it and the rest of the new World's Fair from the top of the 628 foot Skyride tower seen in the background."
"Gloria Swanson, first Skyride visitor in 1934, wears a broad smile as she gets back to earth after previewing the new World's Fair from the air, atop the 628-foot tower seen in the background. Whether the smile indicates the satisfaction at what she saw or relief at being back on solid ground again, Miss Swanson did not say."
"Harvey Firestone, tire magnate, presents Virgil A. Cullberg, farmer, of Near Paton, Iowa, with complete set of tractor wheels and tires when the latter signs as the two millionth visitor to the Firestone exhibit at the World's Fair."
"Heber J. Grant, president of the Mormon Church, was a guest at the World's Fair today (Tuesday, September 11). Left to right are Mrs. J. Reuben Clark, President Grant, Mrs. Grant, and J. Reuben Clark, second counselor to the president of the church and a former ambassador to Mexico, as they arrived at the Fair where they were greeted officially by Rufus C. Dawes, president of the Exposition."
"Helena Rubenstein, international beauty authority, gets a glimpse of the beauty that is A Century of Progress through a window in the ultra-modernistic Trustees' room of the Administration building. Her guide, who is pointing out the sights, is Lucia Lewis."
"Herbert Laufman, 13, of Houston, Texas, is showing his fellow townsman, Ervin Lee Stein, Il., just how the model "L" cars operate at the Rapid Transit exhibit in the Hall of Science at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two boys visited A Century of Progress as guests of the Houston Examiner."
"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."
"Lilly Anderson, East State Road, Rockford, Illinois (left) and Virginia Hanson, 1608 Beston street, visit the Illinois Host House as their first spot of interest after arriving at the World's Fair in Chicago. The two girls won the trip by capturing the 7th Street Fall Festival Popularity honors."
"Miss Jayne C. Walker, pretty Lexington, Ky., World's Fair visitor, was the first to sign the guest register of the Wilson and company exhibit when the exhibit was dedicated Sunday (June 17) afternoon. Left to right: Thomas E. Wilson, chairman of the board of directors of Wilson and company; Miss Walker and Miss Jane Iredale, exhibit employee."
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