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Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933-1934 (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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"Grace and perfect form is seen as Henrietta Burmeister does a swan dive in the lagoon at the Swift Bridge at the new Chicago World's Fair. This is one of the many free attractions provided for Fair visitors."
"Grace Moore, star of opera, screen, and radio, sounding her 'ah' for Ruth Gordon, actress of fame, on stage of the Globe Theater in Merrie England, while they were visiting the World's Fair [on] Labor Day. Miss Moore [is] on her way from Los Angeles to New York to give a performance."
"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."
"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."
"Having pursued a two year course in accounting in the commercial classes of Northwestern College, of Watertown, Wis., Meinhardt Raabe, aged 18, who is one of the inhabitants of the Midget Village at the World's Fair gladly cooperated today (June 22nd) with Dr. C.W. Dupertius, of Harvard University in a bit of scientific research. The doctor, who is director of the Anthropometric Laboratory in the Social Science Hall, measured the heads and bodies of the midgets for the purpose of comparing the statistics with fully grown adults. Meinhardt, a resident of Johnson's Creek, Wis., is 48 ½ inches tall, weighs 58 pounds and is crazy about tennis."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"In General Electric's 'House of Magic' at the Century of Progress, the wonders of electrical science and research are demonstrated and explained by a staff of young engineers."
"In this auditorium in the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress, General Electric presents the romantic story of the development of lamps and lighting."
"Installations of two systems of General Electric air conditioning equipment for the home are shown in this four-way setting in the G.E. exhibit in the Electrical Building at the Century of Progress. Two basements and sections of the first floor above indicate how the systems are put in."
"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."
"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."
"J.F. Sullivan, diamond export from Kimberley, South Africa, points out a diamond that has become stuck on the "grease table" of the Diamond Recovery Plant in the Diamond Mine exhibit in the General Exhibits Building at the 1934 World's Fair. Miss Dorothea Ross of Chicago is the interested visitor, and L.S. Root, another Kimberley diamond engineer, is the pensive gentleman at the right."
"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."
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