Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (5-a) – The 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

A dear friend,  I met through this blog, known to bloggers as “Mrs. P.”, found a fantastic clip of The Chicago World’s Fair. My original intent was to include Ced’s comments on things that are mentioned in the video but I have found so much information and memorabilia regarding these locations that I’m going to present them in chunks. I have no idea what he saw on what day but I think he was there for three days and probably saw them in random order, depending on what caught his eye.It will take a few weeks to get through the material but I think it might be an interesting contrast to more recent World Fairs. I went to the World’s Fair in New York when I was a teenager and the architecture alone is unique, Enjoy.

Here is the World’s Fair clip:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY8rZN3tyVA

This is the cover of a packet of 20 postcards Ced mailed to the family. The introduction states that it is the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair but the Fair actually ran for two years, 1933-34. Changes were made but I have no idea what they were.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard booklet Cover

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The 1933 World's Fair

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Federal Building and Hall of States

“Saw this – no Conn.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Hall of Religion

“Went in here but did not stay long.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Chrysler Motors Building“I saw this and rode aroun track in a Chrysler air-flow 8 – also in a Dodge 6 – saw them use death pit and 45 degree ramp. ________ car turned over on purpose here going 50, driver unhurt.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Great Court of the Hall of Science

“Saw this.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Ukrainian Pavillion

no comment

Tomorrow I’ll continue with more of the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair.

Judy Guion

Special Picture # 144 – Chicago World’s Fair – Avenue of the Flags – 1934

CDG - Chicago Fasir - 1934 (Avenue of Flags) (2)

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Avenue of Flags

In 1934, Ced Guion hitchhiked from Trumbull Connecticut to North Dakota and Wisconsin to meet his late Mother’s family. He stopped in Chicago and spent four days at the Chicago World’s Fair. He kept quite a journal of this trip. You can see more by clicking on the Category “Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure”.

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure – The 1934 Chicago World’s Fair (5-b)

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair -aerial overview and note about trip

“Hitch Hike trip from Trumbull to New York City – Ossining — Cleveland — Chicago — west to St. Paul

Left Sunday July 15th – returned Thursday Sept. 6 arrived back at Trumbull

This is the next section of postcards from the Chicago World’s Fair along with comments made by Ced on some of them.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Avenue of Flags

“Walked along this aisle”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Lincoln Group

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - General Motors Building

“Saw Chev. assembly line”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Sky Ride

“I rode on this anbd also went up on the tower on the island

saw elevators work

65 cents and worth it

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Dairy Building

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Federal and State Building at Night

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Fort Dearborn - The Parade Ground

no comment

Next Sunday I’ll post the rest of these postcard souvenir booklet. The following Sunday, I’ll start posting “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934, filled with Ced’s notes and impressions on the exhibits.

Tomorrow I’ll start a week of letters written in February of 1941, when Lad is getting ready to come home after working in Venezuela for two and a half years and his younger brother is getting ready to drive a car across the country and deliver it to his older brothers in Alaska. Dan and Ced have been living and working there for almost a year.

If you know of anyone who might have been living in the 1940’s or is interested in American family life during an earlier time, pass along this blog site. They would be amazed at the memories these stories will bring back.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure – The 1934 Chicago World’s Fair (5-a)

A dear friend,  I met through this blog, known to bloggers as “Mrs. P.”, found a fantastic clip of The Chicago World’s Fair. My original intent was to include Ced’s comments on things that are mentioned in the video but I have found so much information and memorabilia regarding these locations that I’m going to present them in chunks. I have no idea what he saw on what day but I think he was there for three days and probably saw them in random order, depending on what caught his eye.It will take a few weeks to get through the material but I think it might be an interesting contrast to more recent World Fairs. I went to the World’s Fair in New York when I was a teenager and the architecture alone is unique, Enjoy.

Here is the World’s Fair clip:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY8rZN3tyVA

This is the cover of a packet of 20 postcards Ced mailed to the family. The introduction states that it is the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair but the Fair actually ran for two years, 1933-34. Changes were made but I have no idea what they were.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard  booklet Cover

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The 1933 World's Fair

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Federal Building and Hall of States

“Saw this – no Conn.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Hall of Religion

“Went in here but did not stay long.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Chrysler Motors Building“I saw this and rode aroun track in a Chrysler air-flow 8 – also in a Dodge 6 – saw them use death pit and 45 degree ramp. ________ car turned over on purpose here going 50, driver unhurt.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Great Court of the Hall of Science

“Saw this.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Ukrainian Pavillion

no comment

I’ll continue to post pictures and comments for the next few weeks, as long as it takes.

Tomorrow, I’ll begin posting letters written in the spring of 1941 when Lad is expectimg to come home in June and Dick is planning on driving to Alaska to deliver a car and visit with his older brothers.

Judy Hardy

Ced’s Coming Of Age Adventure – Arriving In Chicago – (4)

Blog - CDG - Letter to his Dad - Arriving in Chicago - (4)Thursday, July 26

6 PM

Dear Dad,

I am staying here for four days at $.50 per day (I get a room about 4′ x 8′ with a good clean comfortable bed and although an inside room there is an open court and I get pretty good air on the third floor. I also have the use of the public shower and wash. I stayed with Draz’s over until Wednesday afternoon and got a ride into Toledo, from there I walked about a mile and was picked up and carried about 6 miles. I walked another mile and was carried about 12 miles; as I stepped out of this last car I signaled a 1927 Cadillac it actually stopped and picked me up. The driver was alone and proceeded to tell me all about his past, present and future (and could he’s swear!). He left me at Annapolis, Ohio, and then I walked about a block and a car stopped without the use of my right thumb. He was in the 1934 Buick and what a smooth ride! I stepped out of that car and as I did another car stopped without being asked and took me about a mile. I then walked a mile and got another ride for about 2 miles. That I walked about a mile and signaled an Auburn going about 55 and he stopped and picked me up. He told me he had been told not to pick anyone up as he had once gotten “bumped on the noodle” by a hitchhiker. He told me he was going to Chicago and we went along all right for a while and then he said he was tired and so he let me drive about 180 miles while he slept. At one time we stopped and he bought me a hamburger sandwich and a glass of milk, and did it taste good in the nice restaurant he went to! We arrived at his hotel about 2:30 AM and I went directly to the “Y” and got a room on the 18th floor for $.75, an outside room. I slept until 12:30 today and then walked along on the outside of the Fairgrounds but I did not go in as I would not have had a full day there. Tomorrow I will start bright and early (?) And put in a full day at the fair. After looking around a bit I came back to the ”Y” and enjoying my present room, the location of which I have shown approximately on the enclosed card.

There is a large recreation room and writing room etc. and I think living here will be very pleasant and worthwhile. The Draz’s all asked about you and wanted to be remembered to you. Mr. Draz offered to assist me if I got into trouble and they were very nice to me all the time I was there. They have a Nash and a new Ford V-8 and do they like the Ford! They also have a nice old house about hundred and four years old. Well goodbye until the next.

Lots of love,

Ced

Chicago YMCA with Ced's room marked

Chicago YMCA with Ced’s room marked

Chicago YMCA Postcard (message on the back)

Chicago YMCA Postcard
(message on the back)

The message reads:

Dear Elizabeth, Dick and Dave,

This place is only four blocks from the fair grounds and the city of Chicago is practically as large as New York. To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t mind having you all here, what fun we could have at the fair,

The fair itself takes up about 14 or 15 city blocks and I get tired just walking the length of it. Lots of love, Ced

P.S. I am sending your watch ticket Elizabeth and you better see Mr. Johnson soon.

For the next several weeks, we’ll be exploring the Chicago World’s Fair just as Ced did. He kept scads of memorabilia and I want to share it with you. Most of it also includes his notes and his reactions to what he saw. It is quite a journey into the mind of a 16 year old boy away from home.

Tomorrow I’ll begin posting letters written in the spring of 1940, when Lad is working in Venezuela and Dan and Ced are contemplating a trip to Alaska. As usual, Grandpa will keep us informed about all the local news of Trumbull and the rest of the family.

Judy Guion