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A Century of Progress
A Century of Progress
A Photographic Tour of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair

Between 1933 and 1934, over 48 million visitors attended "A Century of Progress Exposition," the world's fair located in Chicago, Illinois. Conceived during the Roaring Twenties and born during the Great Depression, this was a sprawling event celebrating Chicago's 100th anniversary with industrial and scientific displays, lascivious entertainment, and a touch of unadulterated bad taste.

A Century of Progress is a collection of rare photographs from the world's fair that have been carefully chosen from the Chicago Tribune's voluminous archives. Featuring an informative introduction by Tribune reporter and historian Ron Grossman, this book documents one of the most expansive displays of technological advancement and cultural diversity that took place in the 20th century. The lakefront exposition, on the present site of McCormick Place and Northerly Island, opened on May 27, 1933, and was reopened in 1934 at the urging of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who hoped it would stimulate the Depression-era economy.

This book is an engrossing and fascinating look at the numerous sides of the "A Century of Progress Exposition": the whimsical attractions, the architectural and scientific achievements, the palpable spirit of fun, and the occasionally unsavory exhibits of differing cultures. At a time when the entire US population numbered just over 125 million people, the Chicago world's fair left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of American culture, and A Century of Progress impeccably captures that feeling through photographs.

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Title A Century of Progress
Subtitle A Photographic Tour of the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair
Author Chicago Tribune Staff
BISAC Subject Heading PHO014000 PHOTOGRAPHY / Photoessays & Documentaries
HIS036060 HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
BISAC Regional Themes List Chicago
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 07 February 2013
Format ePub
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-57284-445-0
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-445-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572844452
Reference no. 978-1-57284-445-2
Publication Date 07 February 2013
List Price $4.99

Reader Comments

Reader comment | May 26, 2013, Robert Bolek
Excellent picture. I would like to see more of the The Century of Progress.
Reader comment | Apr 30, 2013, Robert J.Hoerr
Highlight of my young life @12-13 years old. And still intriguing @ 92!