BrianRxm A Century of Progress Exposition BrianRxm
Chicago World's Fair 1933-1934
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The Chicago Exposition was held on Northerly Island, a man-made peninsula.
My mother lived in Chicago then and attended the fair several times.
Some of these items were saved by her or her mother.
Chicago Good Luck Dont Worry Club
1. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Dont Worry Club
 
Brass, 32mm, 9.17gm
 
Obverse:
Century of Progress Logo
1833 1933 SOUVENIR / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO
GREENDUCK, CHI. (Manufacturer)
 
Reverse:
Swastika, Horseshoe, Four-Leaf Clover, Wishbone, Runes
MEMBERSHIP EMBLEM OF THE DONT WORRY CLUB / GOOD LUCK
GREENDUCK, CHI. (Manufacturer)
 
The Greenduck Metal Stamping Company was based in Chicago.
 
Chicago Wooden Nickel
2. Chicago Exposition - Wooden Nickel Indian
 
Wood, 35mm, 2.18gm
 
Obverse:
Indian facing
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / 1833 1933 / WOODEN NICKEL
 
Reverse:
Century of Progress Logo
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / 1833 1933 / CHICAGO
 
Chicago Good Luck Indian
3. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Indian
 
Brass, 33mm, 14.32gm
 
Obverse:
Indian facing, city skyline, airplane flying
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / 1833 1933-4 / CHICAGO
 
Reverse:
Eagle taking off
TAKE ME FOR LUCK
 
Chicago Good Luck Elephant
4. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Elephant
 
Bronze, 32mm, 12.00gm
 
Obverse:
Century of Progress Logo
1933 / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO
 
Reverse:
Horseshoe, Rabbit's Foot, Swastika, Four-Leaf Clover, Elephant
GOOD LUCK / 1833 1933 / WORLD'S FAIR
DODSON CHICAGO (Manufacturer)
 
Chicago Chrysler Airflow
5. Chicago Exposition - Chrysler Motors 10th Anniversary 1924-1934
 
Brass, 31mm, 8.35gm
 
Obverse:
Chrysler automobile - new model
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS IN A DECADE / AIRFLOW CHRYSLER 1934
 
Reverse:
Chrysler automobile - older model
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHRYSLER CAR 1924
 
Chicago Hoover
6. Chicago Exposition - Hoover Electric Cleaner Exhibit 1933
 
Brass, 30mm, 12.48gm
 
Obverse:
Woman standing and woman kneeling with broom
HOOVER ELECTRIC CLEANER
 
Reverse:
Building with two towers
CENTURY OF PROGRESS 1933
SOUVENIR OF THE HOOVER EXHIBIT
 
Chicago Good Luck Four Symbols
7. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Four Symbols
 
Bronze, 32mm, 12.34gm
 
Obverse:
Century of Progress Logo
1933
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS
 
Reverse:
GOOD LUCK
Swastika, Four-Leaf Clover, horseshoe, wishbone
 
Chicago Union Pacific
8. Chicago Exposition - Union Pacific Railroad 1934 Lucky Piece
 
Aluminum, 32mm, 3.23gm
 
Obverse:
Railroad engine
UNION PACIFIC / LUCKY PIECE / 1934
 
Reverse:
A SAMPLE OF THE ALUMINUM IN THE NEW / UNION PACIFIC TRAIN
BUILT BY PULLMAN CAR & MFG. CORP.
ALCOA ALUMINUM / ALUMINUM CO. OF AMERICA
GREENDUCK CHI (Manufacturer)
 
This item was possibly issued in connection with the
Chicago Century of Progress Exposition 1933-1934
 
Chicago Grounds Map
9. Chicago Exposition - Exposition Grounds Map
 
Brass, 32mm, 10.04gm
 
Obverse:
Century of Progress Logo
1833 1933 SOUVENIR / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO
GREENDUCK, CHI. (Manufacturer)
 
Reverse:
Aerial view of Exposition grounds with no text
 
Chicago Multiple Buildings
10. Chicago Exposition - Multiple Buildings
 
Brass, 32mm, 10.45gm
 
Obverse:
Century of Progress Logo
1833 1933 SOUVENIR / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO
GREENDUCK, CHI. (Manufacturer)
 
Reverse:
Hall of Science building in center surrounded by six buildings
HALL OF SCIENCE
(Buildings from top, clockwise)
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
FEDERAL
TRAVEL & TRANSPORT
AQUARIUM
ELECTRICAL GROUP
PLANETARIUM
 
Chicago Hall Of Science
11. Chicago Exposition - Hall Of Science Trees
 
Brass, 32mm, 10.19gm
 
Obverse:
Century of Progress Logo
1933 CHICAGO
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS
 
Reverse:
Hall of Science Building with two trees in front
HALL OF SCIENCE / CENTURY OF PROGRESS
 
Chicago Good Luck Hall Of Science
12. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Hall Of Science
 
Brass, 32mm, 12.57gm
 
Obverse:
Hall of Science Building
HALL OF SCIENCE / WORLDS FAIR / 1933 CHICAGO 1934
 
Reverse:
Horseshoe, Four-Leaf Clover, Wishbone
KEEP ME FOR GOOD LUCK
 
Chicago Good Luck Hall Of Science
13. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Hall Of Science
 
Brass, 32mm, 10.13gm
 
Obverse:
Hall of Science Building
HALL OF SCIENCE / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO 1933
 
Reverse:
Horseshoe, Four-Leaf Clover, Wishbone
KEEP ME FOR GOOD LUCK
This example has a slightly different legend than the one above.
This example is worn and may have been carried by someone as a pocket piece.
 
Chicago Good Luck Travel Transport
14. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Travel Transport
 
Brass, 32mm, 11.62gm
 
Obverse:
Travel and Transport Building
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO 1933
 
Reverse:
Horseshoe, Four-Leaf Clover, Wishbone
KEEP ME FOR GOOD LUCK
 
Chicago Good Luck Safety Glass
15. Chicago Exposition Good Luck Coin - Safety Glass
 
Brass, 25mm, 7.21gm
 
Obverse:
Baseball striking window
SAFETY GLASS SHARPSHOOTER
 
Reverse:
Horseshoe, Wishbone, Four-Leaf Clover
CARRY THIS COIN AND BE LUCKY
USE SAFETY GLASS FOR GREATER SAFETY
1934 CHICAGO
 
Chicago Union 76
16. Union 76 Gas Stations Lucky Piece
 
Bronze, 27mm, 8.17gm
 
Obverse:
Union 76 logo
76 LUCKY PIECE 1933
 
Reverse:
INCREASED ANTI KNOCK OF 76 TURNS WASTE HEAT INTO POWER!
 
Supposedly also used in Los Angeles as an advertising item.
Political items:
 
Chicago Roosevelt
17. Chicago Exposition - Franklin D. Roosevelt President
 
Bronze, 32mm, 14.49gm
 
Obverse:
Facing portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT 31st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
© (Copyright)
 
Reverse:
Hall of Science Building
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS 1934
CHICAGO
J O POLLACK CO CHI
 
The J.O. Pollack Company of Chicago made items such as tokens and rings.
 
Chicago Roosevelt
18. Chicago Exposition - Franklin D. Roosevelt "Lucky Tillicum"
 
German silver (a non-silver alloy), 27mm, 7.91gm
 
Obverse:
Franklin D. Roosevelt facing left.
LUCKY TILLICUM / REBUILD WITH ROOSEVELT
 
Reverse:
Map of United States with sunrise behind it.
A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / 1933 / CHICAGO / FOLLOW THE ROOSEVELT TRAIL
Admission ticket:
 
Chicago Ticket
19. Chicago Exposition - Admission ticket 1934
 
A SOUVENIR OF / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS
INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION CHICAGO
1934
GOOD FOR ONE ADMISSION TO OLD ENGLAND
VOID IF DETACHED / PRICE 25¢ TAX FREE
GOOD FOR ONE GENERAL ADMISSION
VOID IF DETACHED / PRICE 50¢ TAX FREE
Metal Bookmarks:
 
Chicago Bookmarks
20. Chicago Exposition - Metal Bookmarks
 
Brass metal bookmarks, 4-1/4 in long
Left bookmark:
1933 / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO
Right bookmark:
HALL OF SCIENCE / 1933 / A CENTURY OF PROGRESS / CHICAGO
Souvenir Minature Mail Bag:
 
Chicago Mail Bag
21. Chicago Exposition - Souvenir Minature Mail Bag
 
Minature cloth bag with attached tag, mailed from Chicago to California.
Front:
SOUVENIR FROM A CENTURY OF PROGRESS
COPYRIGHT 1934 BY JACKSON PUBLISHING CO.
REGISTRATION APPLIED FOR IN U.S. PATENT OFFICE
CHICAGO, U.S.A.
Back:
"IT'S IN THE BAG"
U.S. MAIL CHICAGO 1934 WORLD'S FAIR
Chinese Lama Temple Booklet:
 
Chicago Lama Temple book
22. Chicago Exposition - Chinese Lama Temple Booklet cover
 
The Chinese Lama Temple Potala of Jehol
A Century of Progress International Exposition - Chicago
Souvenir booklet from the exhibit "Potala of Jehol" at the fair.
Exhibition of Historical and Ethnographical Collection
Made by Dr. Gosta Montell, Member of Dr. Sven Hedin's Expedition and Donated by Vincent Bendix
Published by the Lakeside Press, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, Chicago, 1932
Copyright, 1932, by Sven Hedin, Chicago
The exhibit was a replica of a Chinese replica of a Tibetian temple.
Supposedly it included a "girlie show".
Sven Hedin was a famous explorer of the 1930's.
Wooden Cane:
 
Chicago Cane
23. Chicago Exposition - Wooden Cane
 
Wooden cane with small metal plate
 
Chicago Cane
24. Chicago Exposition - Wooden Cane - Top detail
 
Chicago Cane
25. Chicago Exposition - Wooden Cane - Metal plate detail
 
CHICAGO 1833 1933
CENTURY OF PROGRESS
The metal plate appears to be copper or brass and is worn and damaged.
Form letter sold at the fair:
 
This two-page form letter was apparently sold at the fair for those who did not want to
compose their own letters.
It included hand-drawn illustrations of scenes from the fair.
This one had a date of October 9 on it, and had been folded.
It was mailed by one of my relatives to another relative.
 
Form letter page 1:
 
Chicago Form Letter
26. Chicago Exposition - Form letter sold at the fair - Page 1
 
Top lines:
 
MDCCCXXXIII
LOG OF TRIP TO THE CHICAGO 1934 WORLD'S FAIR
(C) MCMXXXIV
 
Hello There!
Say! I was never so surprised in all my life.
I never thought anything made by man could be done so magnificently well.
I came here expecting to find a big carnival.
I remained to take my hat off to the "Windy City."
If I didn't take it off, it would probably have blown off anyway.
 
Form letter page 2:
 
Chicago Form Letter
27. Chicago Exposition - Form letter sold at the fair - Page 2
 
Top lines:
 
But of the real marvels that astonish one at the things accomplished, one has to look at the fields
in which Science treads.
The tremendous things that are shown in the HALL OF SCIENCE seem hardly real.
Well again might one say truth is stranger than fiction.
One could spend all summer just studying the scientific miracles performed here in the Hall of Science
and consider his trip to the fair time well spent.