Monday, October 24, 2011

Nightime at the Fair

A Century of Progress International Exposition was the name of a World's Fair held in Chicago 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 Adapts" and its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other.

Magnificent ad the view is in sublight, it becomes a real wonder at night, with thousands of colorful light, many concealed, thereby developing indirect lighting. This view shows Northerly Island with Lake Michigan in the background.

One of the most interesting features of Chicago's World's Fair is the "Sky Ride". The towers are 600 feet high. Double decked rocket cars run suspended from 4 cable tracks between and around the two towers.

Here is the supreme thrill of a lifetime - a ride on the Sky Ride, an unequalled view of the Fair Grounds and the City of Chicago from rocket cars suspended beneath the rails. Approximately 1,800 feet apart: the rocket cars shoot across this space at a level of 210 feet.

Colorful, dazzling lights, some soft and dim, others dharp and contrasting - a magnificent sight to behold. This view, taken from the observation platform of the Sky Ride, 629 feet high, shows the Electrical Building in the foreground, across the lagoon showing a few of the many general exhibit buildings.

The Interior Court of the Hall of Science by Night, brilliantly illuminated by indirect colored flood lights.

(Postcards published by C.T. Art Colortone, Chicago and distributed by Max Rigot Selling Company, Chicago, for the Century of Progress Exposition)

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