Monday, March 8, 2010

To Be Fair Again

A Century of Progress International Exposition was the name of a World's Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".

World's Tallest Thermometer - Twenty-one stories (218 ft.) high. Shows temperature by neon light tubes. Sponsored by Indian Refining Company, Lawrenceville, Illinois, makers of Waxfree Havoline Motor Oil -- best for all cars, winter or summer, because it contains no wax.

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A view looking south over the World's Fair Grounds showing the General Exhibits Group in the foreground; also showing Time and Fortune Pavilion, Firestone Exhibit, Paris, Thermometer, etc.

The Belgian Village consists of 30 buildings, exact reproductions of buildings found in Brussels or Antwerp, the same stone and brick pavements; everywhere a strictly Belgian atmosphere prevails.

Travel and Transport Building - This building is nearly 1,000 feet long, and offers some new concepts in architecture never before attempted. The dome of the building houses the railroad exhibit at "A Century of Progress".

Official Post Card of A Century of Progress #235 - Murals - General Electric Exhibit - Copyright 1933 and Published by The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, Chicago.


Major Pepperidge said...

I don't think I ever knew that this Fair's theme was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms". Not quite as catchy as 1939's "The World of Tomorrow".

Heidi Ann said...

I am just so over-the-top in love with all of the fair architecture, I almost can't stand it.
I think I have said it before, but I LOVE seeing these!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Major, I am having a problem with the theme. Sounds kind of Socialistic, doesn't it. Especially the "Man Conforms" part, LOL

I'm with you Heidi Ann, I am crazy about this stuff.