1933 Chicago World's Fair by Cheryl Ganz
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1933 Chicago World's Fair
By Cheryl Ganz

The 1933 Chicago World's Fair

A Century of Progress

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1933 Chicago World's Fair by Cheryl Ganz

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Chicago's 1933 world's fair set a new direction for international expositions. Earlier fairs had exhibited technological advances, but Chicago's fair organizers used the very idea of progress to buoy national optimism during the Depression's darkest years. Orchestrated by business leaders and engineers, almost all former military men, the fair reflected a business-military-engineering model that envisioned a promising future through science and technology's application to everyday life. But not everyone at Chicago's 1933 exposition had abandoned notions of progress that entailed social justice and equality, recognition of ethnicity and gender, and personal freedom and expression. The fair's motto, "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms", was challenged by iconoclasts such as Sally Rand, whose provocative fan dance became a persistent symbol of the fair, as well as a handful of other exceptional individuals, including African Americans, ethnic populations and foreign nationals, groups of working women, and even well-heeled socialites. Cheryl R. Ganz offers the stories of fair planners and participants who showcased education, industry, and entertainment to sell optimism during the depths of the Great Depression. This engaging history also features eighty-six photographs - nearly half of which are full colour - of key locations, exhibits, and people, as well as authentic ticket stubs, postcards, pamphlets, posters, and other items.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252033575
ISBN-10: 0252033574
Format: Hardback
(260mm x 182mm x 21mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 24-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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1933 Chicago World's Fair by Cheryl Ganz 1933 Chicago World's Fair, Paperback (January 2012)

From fan dancers to fan belts--the compelling, untold stories of Chicago's 1933 world fair--abundantly illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs

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Author Biography - Cheryl Ganz

Cheryl R. Ganz is the chief curator of philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington, D.C. She was the curator and designer of the "Pots of Promise" exhibition for the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and is the coeditor of "Pots of Promise: Mexicans and Pottery at Hull-House, 1920-40. "

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