Chicago World Fair fans won’t want to miss this show

The 15th annual World’s Fair Memorabilia Show is on Sunday, March 29th, 2009.  
 
The hours are 10am to 4pm and is being held at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road (Rt. 83 and Landmeier Rd.) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.  Admission is $5, $4 for seniors over 64.   

We will have a special display of 1933/ 1934 World’s Fair items.  Collectors and dealers will meet to buy, sell and trade items related to World’s Fairs from 1876 to the present.  The main focus will be on the 1933/34 Chicago World’s Fair.  There will also be items from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and other Chicago related ephemera.  There will be some items from other World’s Fairs including:  1904 St. Louis, 1939-40 New York, 1962 Seattle, 1964-65 New York, Expo ’67, etc.  There will be over 20 tables of World’s Fair items for sale!

There will be continuous showings of home movies and newsreels on video from the 1933/34 Chicago A Century of Progress.  World’s Fair collectors and fans of the fair are invited to come celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Century of Progress and relive one of the brightest moments in Chicago’s history.  (Two of the stars on Chicago’s flag commemorate the 1893 and 1933/34 Fairs!)

For info contact:  Rick Rann, PO Box 877, Oak Park, IL 60303 708-442-7907.  Or check our website for updates:  www.worldsfairshow.com.

2009 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Century of Progress World’s Fair.  We will have a special display of original 1933 & 1934 World’s Fair memorabilia.  Collectors and dealers will meet to buy, sell and trade items related to World’s Fairs from 1876 to the present.  The main focus will be on the 1933/34 Chicago World’s Fair.  There will also be items from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and other Chicago related ephemera.  There will be some items from other World’s Fairs including:  1904 St. Louis, 1939-40 New York, 1962 Seattle, 1964-65 New York, Expo ’67, etc.  There will be over 20 tables of World’s Fair items for sale!
 
There will be continuous showings of home movies and newsreels on video from the 1933/34 Chicago A Century of Progress.  Though there are few traces left in the area where the fair took place – between Roosevelt Road and 39th Street along the lakefront including the area where Meigs Field was located (now designated for Northerly Island Park) – Rick Rann and Bob Conidi are bringing the fair back to Chicago at this show!
 
Over 39,000,000 people attended Chicago’s second World’s Fair.  (The first being the Columbian Exposition held in 1893.)  The theme “A Century of Progress” referred to the one hundred year period from the founding of Chicago in 1833, to the year of the fair, 1933.  One of the guiding principles of the fair was “Progress Through Science”.  Many companies had working factories at the fair, where people could see the products being produced.  Some of the items actually produced on the fairgrounds included Firestone tires, White Owl Cigars, Hiram Walker Whiskey (at the 1934 fair, as Prohibition ended at the end of 1933), Wonder Bread, and even Chevrolet automobiles.  These products were purchased at the fair and Century of Progress collectors will be buying and selling these items at the show.  
 
The fair had many memorable buildings and attractions including the Sky Ride, Havoline’s 227 foot tall thermometer tower (with neon tubing showing the current temperatures to fairgoers) and the Travel and Transport Building with a suspended roof.  It is amazing that this fair was privately financed at the height of the Depression and was one of the few World’s Fairs to make a profit!
 
At the World’s Fair Memorabilia Show there will be collectors and dealers selling artifacts and collectibles from the 1933-34 Chicago Fair and other World’s Fairs, as well as Chicago ephemera.  There will be a special display of Century of Progress memorabilia.    World’s Fair collectors and fans of the fair are invited to come celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Century of Progress and relive one of the brightest moments in Chicago’s history.  (Two of the stars on Chicago’s flag commemorate the 1893 and 1933/34 Fairs!)

COMMENT