Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Century of Progress

A Century of Progress, like the sunset, is never twice the same. Its lagoons, reflecting the changing sky, its modernistic buildings, its movement of watercraft, buses and crowds, played upon by the sunligtht, or in the mists of the evening moonlight, are an ever-unfolding panorama.

Here is a new world in epitome recording a past century of progress and opening the door to a new century of progress. ~ Allen D. Albert, Honorary Secretary, The Architectural Commission.

The postcards viewed here are from this souvenir view book of the Chicago World's Fair, and were published by The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation of Chicago, Copyright 1933.

The Chrysler Motor Company exhibits and car-testing track.

The General Motors Building, framed by the Aurora Borealis.

The Sears, Roebuck Building, on the Avenue of Flags.

The Walgreen Building, with its revolving tower.

Travel and Transport Building,
with immense dome supported by "sky hooks."

Federal Building and States Group,
an architectural dramatization of national unity.


Davelandweb said...

I think Art Deco could solve the world's problems. Love images from this—thanks!

Heidi Ann said...

Those are gorgeous postcards!
I LOVE this stuff!

Major Pepperidge said...

I guess this was before Kodachrome, I sure wish I could see some color photos (like we see from 1939) of this fair... it looks like they went to a lot of effort to use color in interesting ways.