A CENTURY OF PROGRESS — CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR — 1933-1934

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506 Streets of Paris

Here is a Paris moved over to the world's Fair for entertainment. In narrow, stone paved streets are gendarmes, sidewalk cafes, quaint shops, chestnut venders, strolling artists, milk maids and musicians. There is music and dancing, wax works and an atelier. There's a beauty revue, clowns, peep shows, a chamber of horrors. The streets are named as in Paris, the buildings faithful reproductions.

508 The A & P Carnival

The Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company has created an area at the World's Fair for pleasure, without admission charge. There is a big open air marine park, with an amphiteater seating several thousand, surrounding a revolving stage where daily programs are given. Tony Sarg's famous marionettes, Harry Horlick and his Gypsy orchestra and Gypsy dancing, are features. With George Hector presiding as master of ceremonies it is a real carnival.
510 Old Mexico

A typical modern Mexican building housing a large restaurant serving genuine Mexican foods as well as American, and the serving done by beautiful Senoritas in native cousume. Here is a real Mexican atmosphere, with Mexican musicians inspiring one to dance and a floor show by the most gorgeous Mexican girls.
602 The Egyptian Pavilion

A replica of typical Pharonic architecture, approached by an avenue of sphinxes. The development of the country under the autonomic government which Egypt has recently gained plays a prominent part in its exhibits. The wonderful tourist attractions and archeological discoveries are displayed.
604 Old Heidelberg Inn

This picturesque Restaurant, seating 2500 patrons, is operated by Robert and Max Eitel, of Eitel, Inc., in true German style, with a fine German concert orchestra. The building includes garden terrace service, a high class lunch room and an old-fashioned Rathskeller in the basement.
605 The Belgian Village

The houses are exact reproductions of Sixteenth Century houses seen in Belgium today. Cafes, typical mediaeval homes, a fish market, an old church and a town hall make a display which is unsurpassed.
606 The Italian Pavilion

This building represents a gigantic airplane. With its many exhibits, it tells a dramatic story of Italy's remarkable achievements in engineering, physics, medicine, geography, astronomy, agriculture, shipping and aviation from the time of the Caesars to the present day.
608 Church in the Belgian Village

An exact reproduction of an old church in Belgium. In this village the transformation from Chicago to Belgium is almost complete. Ancient folk dances are a feature of the main square. Typical Belgian milk carts drawn by dogs and driven by merry milk-maids add to the picturesqueness of the village.
609 Circular Court of the Electrical Building

In the court a fountain sends up iridescent jets of illuminated water in a series of multi-colored steps. The great building itself, in semi-circular form, surrounds the court. A group of pylons rises with a giant bas-relief panel on either side, on which figures are sculptured in such mammoth size as to suggest the enormous forces they symbloize--Energy and Light.
610 Entrance-Illinois Host House

This silver and gold building offers its welcome to the world. Entering the grand hall, the visitor will see on the wall a large mural showing colorful episodes in the history of Illinois. Besides rest rooms and lounges, three rooms are devoted to an unusual showing of the life of Abraham Lincoln, the great citizen of Illinois.
701 The Federal Building and Hall of States

One of the most beautiful and colorful building groups of the Worlds's Fair. The Federal Building in front is 620 feet long and 300 feet wide, with a rotunda 70 feet in diameter surmounted by a 75-foot dome. Around this dome is grouped three fluted columns, 150 feet high, typifying the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. Behind this building is the V-shaped Hall of States, 500 feet across at the base and with two arms 500 feet long and 140 feet wide.
705 Ukrainian Pavilion
710 The Dairy Building

An oval-shaped structure, 167 feet long and 114 feet wide, with a tower 69 feet high. It is painted a milk-white. The principal display is a cyclorama on which masses of color are played ty the Clavilux, or color organ, designed to play with color as musical instruments play with sound. This spectacle presents the development of the dairy industry from the cavemen to the present scientific preparation and distribution of milk products. A unique feature is a mechanical reproduction of a cow showing the cow as a chemical laboratory, manufacturing milk.
804 The Czechoslovakian Pavilion

Czechoslovakia has a building at the World's Fair, housing a gorgeous display of products of its varied industries, colorful and gay, and showing something of the life of this industrious nation.
808 A Maya Temple—The Nunnery at Uxmal

An exact copy of a temple in far away Yucatan, at least ten centuries old. Its walls are covered with elaborate designs, huge mask heads and great serpents carved in stone. The Mayas, without mechanical equipment, built great cities in stone, used metals, especially gold for fine ornaments, and made beautiful mosaics and lovely wood carvings.

 

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