A Century of Progress International Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair in Chicago, was a World’s Fair held from 1933 to 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. Registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the fair celebrated the centennial anniversary of the city. Technological progress was the theme of the fair, and its slogan was “Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts”, sending a message that science and American life were married. The Sky Trip, a carrier bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other, was its architectural emblem.

An exhibition summary noted that the nation, “then still mired in the malaise of the Great Depression, could glimpse a happier not-too-distant future, all driven by innovation in science and technology.” Fair visitors saw the new wonders in rail travel, cars, architecture, and robots that smoke cigarettes. The Fair “emphasised technology and progress, a utopia, or perfect world, founded on democracy and manufacturing.” (Wikipedia)

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