Monday, August 18, 2014

Chicago In 1933; Century Of Progress Expo, A Man Makes Music w/ Hand Farts & More

Chicago in 1933 was a happening place. We have covered the splash made by burlesque dancer Sally Rand at the Century of Progress World's Fair. In today's post we take a closer look at the fair as well as some other notable or odd events that took place during that year.

Chicago's 1893 Columbia Exposition set a high standard for world's fairs. Forty years later in 1933 Chicago threw another party this time celebrating the city's centennial. The Century of Progress was another spectacular with exhibits from all over the world.Among the exhibits shown in this clip are the Skyride, Golden Pavilion of Jehol and the dinosaurs of the Sinclair Exhibit.

Farmer Plays "Yankee Doodle Dandy" With Hand Farts 

Cecil H. Dill is the name of this uniquely talented individual. Hailing from Traverse City, Mi. Here he travels to the windy city to demonstrate his ability to render popular melodies by pressing his hands together. Dill also modestly tells how he discovered his unusual skill.

Throngs Greet Italian Fascist Air Armada

This clip combines two Universal newsreels that track the progress and arrival of an Italian armada of 24 Savoia Marchetti S. 55 seaplanes as it flies from Italy to Chicago. The flight was a goodwill mission / publicity stunt and part of the 1933 Century of Progress Worlds Fair. It was a historic flight commanded by General Italo Balbo who was the number two man in  Mussolini's Fascist government.

To see more looks at Chicago in 1933 check out ChiTownView on YouTube.

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