A Century Of Progress: A Photographic Tour Of The 1933-34 Chicago World'S Fair

  • Publish Date: 2015-12-08
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Chicago Tribune Staff
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Drawn from the Chicago Tribunes vast archives, A Century of Progress is a collection of rareand in many cases, previously unseenphotographs that document the Century of Progress International Exposition, the worlds fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934. Conceived during the Roaring Twenties and born during the Great Depression, this sprawling event celebrated the citys centennial with industrial and scientific displays, lascivious entertainment, and a touch of unadulterated bad taste.

During this time, more than 48 million visitors flocked to Chicagos lakefront (the present site of McCormick Place and Northerly Island) to experience what turned out to be one of the most expansive displays of technological advancement and cultural diversity that took place in the 20th century. Featuring a fascinating introduction by Tribune reporter and historian Ron Grossman, this book documents the numerous facets of the exposition, from whimsical attractions, architectural triumphs, and scientific achievements to the occasionally insensitive and racist exhibits of differing cultures.

At a time when the entire U.S. population numbered just over 125 million people, this worlds fair left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of American culture, and A Century of Progress captures that feeling through its historic photographs. These images are invaluable witness to a civic milestone that forever after was honored by the fourth star on Chicagos flag.

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