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Chicago World's Fair 1933 Century of progress Brownie camera
The Hall of Science
The Hall of Science and the Transportation Building were the most recognizable buildings of A Century of Progress. They typified the linear, geometric Art Deco style which was the trademark of this world's fair.
The Hall of Science, which accommodated the central theme exhibition, covered a respectable 67,000 square meters. Its architect, Paul Philippe Cret, chose a U-
The Hall of Science
Hall of Science. Century of Progress. Valdura Wins Again. All World's Fair buildings painted both interior and exterior with Valdura products.
The goal of the exhibition in the Hall of Science was to emphasize the significance of research and demonstrate its impact on the economy and day-
Bold splashes of color seem almost articulate with the spirit of carnival, a flaming expression of fun and frivolity which is of the very essence of a Fair. And it is interesting to note the percentages of colors used. Approximately twenty per cent of all the painted surfaces is in white, twenty per cent in blue, twenty per cent in oranges, fifteen per cent in black, and the remaining twenty-
Consider the architecture of the buildings. In most of them there are no windows. These structures are for the most part unbroken planes and surfaces of asbestos and gypsum board and plywood and other such materials on light steel frames, rather than a parade of sculptured ornamentation. "It would be incongruous to house exhibits showing man's progress in the past century in a Greek temple of the age of Pericles, or a Roman villa of the time of Hadrian," said members of the architectural commission.
A Century of Progress considered two things in planning the types of building construction. First, here was a city built for 150 days of life, not for the 30 years that is the anticipated life of a modern building. Second, in construction as well as in architecture, it was intended that here should be a huge experimental laboratory, in which home builders and manufacturers can study, and from which they might borrow for their buildings of the future.
The second World's Fair to be held in Chicago had an ambitious goal: Visitors with a thirst for knowledge were intended to see the past hundred years of science coupled with future benefits for mankind in the shape of elaborate installations and functional factories that were true to the original. This was the birth of the theme exhibition that was later to become an indispensable part of all future World's Fairs. Leading architects from Chicago and elsewhere in the USA designed large, modern halls in Art Deco style which caused a sensation owing to their colorful painting in particular. A lively amusement part offering everything from rocket trips to striptease shows gave visitors plenty to enjoy at this fair.
By October 1933 around 22.5 million people had visited the Chicago fair. This was undoubtedly a respectable success but the takings were insufficient to pay back all shareholders. The exposition committee therefore decided to extend the show and open it for another summer. Although the fair resumed against the backdrop of the continuing economic slump it still promised to be very popular and be a financial success. The half-
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World's Fair,Century of Progress what's left in 2005 (satellite picture)
1933 World's Fair,Century of Progress map
Special version of the Brownie Special No.2
Camera with decorative front panel showing the hall of Science
the Chicago World's fair 1933 Century of progress.
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