1933 Chicago World’s Fair

Scenes from the 1933 Chicago’s World Fair: Century of Progress International Exposition. This home movie begins with shots of the amusement rides and panoramic scenes of the fair and the city backdrop as well as an aerial shot of the site. Highlights include animatronic dinosaurs, dance performances, belly dancing, amusements, Streets of Paris, and a […]

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1933 Chicago World’s Fair

1933 Chicago’s World Fair: Century of Progress International Exposition. Opening scenes include 18th Century dancing, Wakefield (Washington’s birthplace), Morris dancing and shots around the various fair villages. Highlights include a man dressed in a Christmas tree costume, a bulldog meeting garden gnome, and beach antics.

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1933 Chicago World’s Fair

Scenes from the 1933 Chicago’s World Fair: Century of Progress International Exposition. This home movie begins with shots of pagodas and Frank Buck’s Jungle Camp where monkeys play on giant rock formations in front of the spectators. The film then quickly transitions to a group of elderly people roughhousing with a dog in a backyard […]

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1933 Chicago World’s Fair pt. 2

Scenes from the 1933 Chicago’s World Fair: Century of Progress International Exposition. Opening with shot of Freak Animal Exhibition building, Union Pacific-Pullman Streamline Train, Ford building, and other sites around the fair. Highlights include synchronized swimming, iceskating, a Scottish parade complete with swarms of kilts and bagpipes, car show, and a circus show with acrobatics […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Feeding Chickens and the Tower of the Americas (1967)

This home movie features a man and a woman feeding bread to some young chickens. It also contains footage of the construction of the Tower of the Americas in Downtown San Antonio. Opening on April 6, 1968, the observation tower served as the theme structure for HemisFair ’68, the official 1968 World’s Fair.

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 9 – Family Celebrations and Texas Happenings (1937-38)

This home movie features a number of Hopkins family celebrations and happenings around Texas in 1937 and 1938. The film opens with the wedding of E.B. Hopkins’s eldest daughter, Amy, to Ted Fitch. Next, E.B. Hopkins tours the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas’ Fair Park, focusing on buildings such as the Hall of State, the […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – LBJ and Lady Bird Visit the San Antonio World’s Fair (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the preparations for the San Antonio World’s Fair, the HemisFair, in 1968; the celebrations in full swing; and President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, and Governor John Connally visiting the HemisFair on July 4, 1968. In addition to the President and First Lady’s visit, other notable scenes include […]

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