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

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I started collecting Century of Progress postcards around 1981. They caught my eye when I was at a postcard show because my parents had worked at the 1934 Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. Below are some of their souvenirs and photos and some memories from my Uncle.

A lot has happened on the Internet since I started A Century of Progress website on AOL. When I started in 1998, AOL was only offereing 2MB of space. Even when that was increased to 20MB, I had to use small images. Most people had dial-up conections and small monitors.

In 2004, I moved my Century of Progress website to my new domain at Cityclicker.net. As of December 2013, I am planning to discontinue the website on Cityclicker.net. To replace it, I am placing pages about Century of Progress Postcards on Postcardy.com. Some of the pages will be new and some will use my original small images. The pages that are completely new will have larger images. I will probably transfer a few, but not all, pages from my original website.

Since the Official Guide Books are now online, the new pages do not have the text was copied from those guides.

 

Family Souvenirs & Memories


The Lagoon Patrol.
My father, Jack Appel, is third from left in back row.

 


Jack Appel On the Lagoon Government Building in Background

 


My mother, Maryfrancis Brennan, working at Brookhill Dairy.

 


Ashtrays Made for Maryfrancis Brennan and Jack Appel
Genuine Porcelain Enamel Fired on Metal

 


Official Closing Cover Signed by Inventor and Pilot of Adams Airmail Pickup System

 

Uncle Frank's Memories of the Fair

As a family we all went to the fair many times. Also in both 33 and 34 we hosted both the Brennan and Delaney relatives. I had a friend whose uncle was an electrician for the Skyride. When I went with him, we got to go on the Skyride for free. When I was at the fair, I usually had cheese crackers and Coke to eat because they were cheap.

There were many special days like Freckle-Face days. I went to this one with a boy in my class. Dermatologists counted the freckles. I think that we needed 12 to get in. I also remember Boy Scout and ROTC days. I think that in each case, after the parade, we were turned loose to enjoy the fair.

One time I watched Johnny Weismuller swim rapidly over the lagoon theater where your father worked. The lagoon theater also put on shows of diving, including clown diving.

I remember seeing Ed Wynn, who was the Texaco Fire Chief on radio. Another time, when entering an exhibit, I was behind Frank Buck who also had a fair exhibit (probably called “Bring Em Back Alive” as he had at least one film shot in Africa with that name). He looked like a great white hunter with his pith helmet.

Another time, Jack Johnson, a notable black boxer with a coterie walked only about 20 feet behind me. If my memory is reasonably good, he was world heavyweight champion, and was beaten by a famous white boxer whose name I can’t remember.

As fair visitors and kids, we picked up all the product brochures we could carry. My brochures were in the old basement "sideboard," which we used as a toolbox. They were probably still there when I moved to California in 1951. I had a nice collection of little trinkets that I left in the chifferobe of my room. The trinkets consisted of a stamped copper ashtray from the Ford pavilion and other things like arrowheads, a 6 inch little geisha girl carved from bamboo, and pennies run over by trains like the Royal Scot which were on display. I also had a small piece of shatterproof glass produced by a small glass factory in one of the displays.

 



 
 

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