Ced’s Amazing Adventure (8) – What I Saw at the Chicago World’s Fair (1) – July, 1934

My uncle Ced, Grandpa’s third child, took the death of his mother quite hard. He had just turned 16 and felt he needed to get to know more about her and where she grew up, as well as relatives he had never met. He left Trumbull, with his father’s blessing, about a year after her death to hitchhike to Chicago, Wisconsin and North Dakota – where she was born. He spent several days at the Chicago World’s Fair and took copious notes of all he saw. Three previous posts are of the post card Souvenir Booklet he sent to his family in Trumbull. The next few posts will be from a booklet titled “What I Saw At The Chicago World’s Fair”.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (cover)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit) (2) - Ced's list

Of interest in the Ford Exhibit:

1. an Austin auto built in 1863

2. Steven’s Duryee built in 1904 ($1,300)

3. an air-cooled Franklin built in 1905 ($1,400)

4. Model T Ford  built in 1927 ($380)

At the Chrysler Exhibit:

A premium racer – air-cooled, Bore of cyl. 7″

Strokes of cyl. 5″ Last driven in 1916

at rate of 81 miles per hour

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (of interest in the Ford exhibit) (2) A Story of A Century of Progress (b)


No generation in the land or any age has witnessed such amazing progress is have we Americans of today. So breathless has been the human pace that many of us have all but forgotten what life was like in that not so distant past.

To mark the progress of a city, a nation and a world over the span of a hundred years has been the primary purpose of A Century of Progress Exposition. What a fascinating privilege it is walk within these active acres, while the highlights of the parting era glow before our eager eyes!

Yet that is only half the story. The Exposition not only gives us Yesterday and Today, but there is also a breath-taking glimpse of Tomorrow – a hint of the wonders of Science and Invention that have yet to unfold for the enrichment of our daily lives.

In such an environment there is so much to see – so much to remember! Perhaps this little book will prove a timely aid. Use it freely to record your impressions. These brief notes made as the memories of this great Exposition are fresh in your mind will enable you in later years to recall with delight the joys of the glorious days spent the Chicago World’s Fair in 1934.

With our very best wishes, we present you with an inviting area of nice white space, all ready for your busy pen or pencil!

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Travel and Transport Building) (2) (only)


Thoroughly explored this building and went through locomotives, air-conditioned trains, streamlined trains, old and new type coaches, sleepers and locomotives.

Found the whole building and exhibit most interesting to me and spent about 1 1/3 hours there. Enjoyed it about as much as anything else. Several movies which I also enjoyed fairly well.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Electrical Building (only)(2)


Got quite a little bit of enjoyment out of this building and it’s exhibits. Saw several excellent pictures of electrical interest. One of them was a puppet show and it dramatized the husband’s disgust at the electric bill and  showed what happened when the lights were finally turned off.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Soldier Field - only) (2)


Did not even see this place

Next weekend I’ll continue with pictures from this Booklet and Ced’s comments about each one.

Judy Guion


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