Trumbull – Dear T. S. (1) – Another Trip To The World’s Fair – August 13, 1939

At this point, Dan has returned from Venezuela and Lad is the only son living away from home. I think it must have been strange hearing about all the happenings back in Trumbull, knowing that if he was there, he’d be right in the middle of everything, Fortunately for Grandpa, Lad doesn’t even mention this but it must have been on his mind.

August the 13th (1939)

(sounds unlucky )

Dear T.S.

Do you know what those initials stand for? Well, guess.

Well, the week has rolled around again and it’s time for me to sit down for a couple of hours and have a one-sided chat with my S.A. progressive — the boy who left the old home and made good in the big outside world. Meanwhile the old home still runs along in its own quiet groove awaiting the homecoming sometime in the distant future.

Your short handwritten note arrived Tuesday, also in the red. You are consistent in your color scheme, whether it be pencil or typewriter.

You must have the same feeling that an M. D. has who is a specialist and is called hither and yon to apply his expert knowledge in fixing up something that has gone wrong. It must be a lot more interesting than some routine job that any ordinary mechanic can fix up. It is a challenge where you pit your wits against some mechanical difficulty that presents a difficult problem and you are the only hope of relief, on the correction of which may depend human lives and at least the efficient operation preventing loss of revenue. In other words, you can feel that you are really an important cog in the human order of things, and the constant change in the problems, I should think, would make the job quite interesting. First thing you know they will be calling you to headquarters for service in an ever broadening field, who knows?

Shall wait with interest more information about the new plane. Would it make regular trips now between your camp and Caracas? I gave your birthday greetings to Dick. He wants a tennis racket, money and a razor. The 19th is next Saturday, and we may celebrate with some manner yet undetermined, possibly a visit to Pleasure Beach.

Last Tuesday I took all the boys to the World’s Fair. We visited the Venezuelan exhibit, Italy, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and from there to the New England states building, stopping also at Virginia, South Carolina and Puerto Rico. We then had supper, saw the fireworks with the colored lights on the fountains and then went down to the amusement section. Dan liked it so much that last night he got up another party and in Ced’s car, Dan, Ced, Dick, Don Whitney, Redd Donald Sirene), Jean (Hughes) and Barbara (Plumb, Dan’s girlfriend) went down again. They started about 9 AM from Trumbull and got home about 2:30 this morning. Don and Ced ate some crab meat salad which did not agree with them and in  about half-hour intervals, Ced ran through my room on the way to the bathroom losing crab meat and everything else from both front and back exits. He is consequently been feeling rather weak today.

I have just gotten out Dan’s road map of Venezuela and tried to locate Cero Negro and Carizal, but I guess they didn’t put it on. If you can get a copy of the same Shell road map and can spot the places you visit in relation to this map, I can more readily follow your migration.

Tomorrow, the rest of this letter. Wednesday, two Inter-Office Memos to Lad (Alfred Guion) regarding Trouble-Shooting jobs he had in August, 1939. Thursday and Friday, Another letter from Grandpa to his oldest – and only – son away from home.

Judy Guion


Trumbull – Dear Lad (1) Maxi, The Super Salesman – July 2, 1939

                     Lad in Venezuela

July 2, 1939

Dear Lad:

Uncle Sam is an old meanie. He did not bring one single word from you this week, and only a brief half page note from Dan, the latter informing us that he has succumbed to Maxi’s blandishments and been persuaded to stay on and work through the month of June, in return for a clean bill of health and fare home, IF MAXI’S WORD IS TO BE RELIED UPON. Wait until I see Dan and razz him about falling for that line, after all he has seen. I am beginning to think that Max IS a Super-salesman.

That will mean Dan won’t sail until July and will therefore not arrive home until sometime in August, making it quite uncertain, what with the rainy season and all, whether Dan will be able to take the time to visit your camp, unless of course the air route is in operation and arrangements can be made for a round trip passenger.

Last Wednesday Kemper (Peabody) came up for Grandma (Peabody). She had all her things packed and we loaded them into Kemper’s Buick after unloading the things he had brought up to us, consisting of several rugs, an old portable radio (very poor), some draperies, candlesticks, doorstops, etc.

I have added to my other jobs that of chef, with the help of Dick and Aunt Helen Helen (Peabody) Human, wife of Uncle Ted and sister of Grandma Arla). Today for Sunday dinner we had Virginia baked ham (Ted cooked this as his specialty), fresh peas, baked potatoes, grape juice and lemonade mixture, banana salad with ground peanuts like mother used to make, and homemade ice cream and cake.

I have sent for a new cookbook that I like and think I shall try to develop into a real cook. They say it is good to have a hobby, and under the circumstances, that of preparing tasty meals should prove a very useful one.

Who knows but what someday, Dan out prospecting, may run across a gold deposit, you will have to be drafted to take charge of the erection of the machinery, Ced will be the Sales Manager and contact man, Dick can keep the miners in good spirits and amused and Dave, who now intends to be a lawyer, can handle the legal side, and then your old Dad will be right in line to take on the responsibilities of Camp Cook. Whoopee !!

Thursday Dave went down with a group of other scouts and Mr. Keating to visit the World’s Fair ( ). Last night I took Dave to the majestic to see and hear a Technicolor production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s MIKADO It was very good, beautifully staged and well worth seeing. Dick had seen it the night before and Ted and Helen expect to go later this week. Arnold (Gibson, Lad’s best friend, also fascinated with anythig mechanical) has been up here for the last couple of days doing some work in our barn, on Mr. Reyom’s (he and his wife, Alice, rent the caretaker’s cottage on the Trumbull property) car, a burned-out bearing, I believe.

Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, I will continue this long letter to Lad from Grandpa. On Friday I will post a letter from Uncle Ted Human to his attorney in Caracas with interesting information from Dan, in Caracas, Venezuela. 

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (8) – Chicago to Star Prairie, Wisc. – July, 1934

Ced - 1938Thursday

(August 2, 1934)

Dear Dad,

I am staying with Uncle Kenneth, Aunt Nora, and their three children; Allan, Joyce and seven weeks old Muriel, at Star Prairie, Wisconsin. I arrived in New Richmond Tuesday night and Uncle Douglas met me there.

I believe I left off on the “letter diary” at my arrival in Cleveland, therefore I will begin there. The first day at the Fair I started at the 12th St. Gate and then went through the park parallel with the islands, very thoroughly during the day, and also through the island. I looked at everything and went inside everything that looked interesting. There were many interesting things but nothing outstanding.

The second day I went into old England where I met a friend of the Draz’s which they had told me about their. That evening I saw the Chrysler track where Barry Oldfield and his “held drivers” put on a demonstration with Plymouths. They took two Plymouths and ran them through some pits where they certainly did some wonderful tricks. I saw the Ford building that afternoon and in it were some wonderful old carriages and autos, some of the most interesting I put on the inside cover of the diary from the railway booklet which I sent you with the other junk.

CDG - Of interest in the Fird Exhibit

Of  Interest at the Ford exhibit

I took another big section that day and the next day finished up with the trip through the Fairgrounds. I saw the Drama of Transportation which was quite a lot like the Fair of the Iron Horse, which we saw in Baltimore. I was supposed to start Monday morning of this week but I dropped Alfred’s watch on the tile floor in the shower and broke the balance wheel staff, and had to wait to have this fixed. I got started about noon and walked about out of Chicago before getting a ride. This man carried me about 2 miles and then I walked a mile or so and was carried another 2 miles. I walked about half a mile and was carried about a mile, than I walked another half-mile and road a mile and then got a ride for two blocks, then I got a 5 mile ride and walked about a mile on a wrong road, but I got a ride to the right one very quickly. Next I walked 2 miles rode two, walked one, rode two, walked one, rode one, walked one and got a ride in a Ford V-8 truck for almost 100 miles, about that time it got dark and I walked along a little traveled road for about 5 miles when a model T picked me up and took me into Madison, Wisconsin where I was going to look up Rudolph, but at a drugstore they told me that he was not in the same house and they called Harold’s home and found that Rudolf was in Chicago studying for a higher position and Harold was in  ___, Wisconsin for his hay fever but a cousin of theirs was at Herald’s place, and they invited me out for the night. Fred Shaken (the cousin) was there with two classmates and they are all going to the University of Wisconsin. I left early the next morning with Star Prarie as my goal. I walked about 2 miles and discovered I had left my bathing suit but decided not to go back as the house would probably be locked anyway and then the first crack off the bat a 1934 Chevrolet came along and picked me up, the driver decided not to be  the driver and so I took his place. We stopped and he got a glass of beer and gave me a bottle of root beer, then we arrived at the Dells, Wisconsin (a state scenic place in case you don’t know), he had me drive in and he showed me all one could see from a car and then we went on to his destination. Then I walked about a quarter of a mile and was picked up and carried about 6 miles. I walked another mile and a 1934 Studebaker picked me up. I walked through a small town and was carried about a quarter of a mile and then walked another quarter of a mile when a Packard picked me up and carried me about 3 miles. That I walked about 2 miles and a Ford picked me up. I was going all the way but suddenly the fan pulley broke off, the generator stopped working and the broken piece broke one of the fan blades and caused a big hole in the radiator  (the motor had only been driven 1200 miles since repairs and there was no cooling system ) so we limped into a garage with a very hot motor and I went on alone again.

I got a ride in another 1934 Buick and for the first time in my life, much to my sorrow and discomfort, we came upon a very horrible accident, a boy on a bike had been struck and apparently very badly hurt. The one hitting him had apparently evacuated and left the boy to die. The new Buick I was in went on to the next town for a doctor and we did 85 and 90 all the way  (about 4 miles).

Here I got out and started on very nervous and feeling rather terrible. However, this was apparently a very eventful day, for almost every ride brought a new experience as you have probably already seen. The next ride was in an old Chevrolet with a razor blade salesman who stopped at every gas station to trade razor blades for gas so as to get to St. Paul. At one gas station we learned that the hurt boy had gone on ahead of us to the hospital at Eau Claire so apparently there was still life in him. I don’t believe I will ever know if he lived or not and certainly will try to find out very hard. Well, to go on, the traveling salesman slowed me up so much stopping for sales  – gas  – that I was glad when he finally decided to stop and I gladly left him. Soon I got a ride for about 8 miles and then another about three with little walking in between. Then right away another ride right to the road which runs about 10 miles, into New Richmond, which is about 8 miles from Uncle Kenneth’s place. This ride was very fast as the man was trying to get to Indianapolis at a certain time, he had already averaged 45 for the last 300 miles and he had a Ford model A about a 1931. Well, when he let me out, I walked along the New Richmond Road about a mile when a young fellow about my age picked me up in a model T that carried me to New Richmond. He said he and two other boys are going to take this Ford roadster to the coast in a few weeks. (I wished him good luck but I did not believe it possible). At New Richmond I called Uncle Douglas and he came and got me.  (Uncle Kenneth has no phone). Ever since I have stayed with the Kenneth Peabody’s family, but I have met Uncle Douglas his wife and two of his children, Stanley and Francis. Friday, Uncle Kenneth dropped me off in Uncle Rex’s yard but Rex was not home, however I met his wife, and his two children, Russell and Marshall.

Arla Mary Peabody

Arla Mary Peabody

(This maybe the picture Uncle Burton is talking about.)

On this farm (the old Peabody farm) there is, as you know, a cottage built by Aunt Helen and Aunt Dorothy. Uncle Burton, now 87 years old, lives there and he is a mighty fine old fellow if you ask me. He said that he has a marvelous picture of mother just before she married you and he is going to send you and each of the children separate copies of it. He also gave me three photographs which he said are imperfects. I will explain them all when I get home if you do not know the places and faces. I guess Uncle Burton is the only one that sees much of Rex but I have a feeling that this family is probably coming together again because Uncle Kenneth drove into Rex’s yard today (he told me it was the first time) and he talked with both Russell and Rex’s wife. The Rex Peabodys have invited Uncle Burton for dinner Sunday night. Uncle Frank’s daughter Barbara is here with Uncle Kenneth until the 12th, so of course I have met her. As I said at the beginning , there is a new baby here and they are crazy about her of course. They are having very hard times this year and Uncle Kenneth and I were talking together and he said they had gotten no hay at all this year, of course the well for running water is dry but they have got a hand pumped well which holds up pretty well. They all wanted me to send their love to you.

I like them all very much although I have not seen much of any but the Kenneth Peabody’s. I have seen the cows milked. Today I went with Uncle Kenneth and watched him run the binder. I am having a wonderful time and hope you all are.

Lots of love to you all,


My present address is in care of Mr. Kenneth Peabody, Star Prarie, Wisc. Route 1.

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (6-d) – 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

My Uncle Ced, Lad’s younger brother, was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, and stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. Post number 6 is taken from a booklet, “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and it includes comments written by Ced on every page. This is the last post in the series.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Night Scene) (2)


This is a typical night view and I think the grounds are far prettier at night than in the daytime.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Adler Planetarium) (2)


This is an extremely interesting show and as one watches he is moved to Florida South America, North pole, and anywhere the operator takes a notion to take you. He can project you into the future or into the past at his will.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Agricultural Building) (2)


I’m not sure if I went in here or not. (That speaks for itself.)

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Railroad that Grew Up With Chicago) (2) 1st page



It is particularly fitting that the North Western Line should join with Chicago in celebrating A Century of Progress. We, too, have our traditions. Our original charter dates back nearly a century. This, you know, was the very first railway to venture beyond Chicago into the hazardous West.

We have seen Chicago grow from a river-bank settlement to a mighty metropolis. And we, too, have grown. From a small second-hand engine and a few miles of strap rails, the North Western has developed into a powerful system that, with its connections embraces all of the West and Northwest.


The first locomotive that ever ventured west of Chicago. It had but one pair of “driving wheels”, 4 1/2 inches in diameter. Now a treasured relic. Be sure to see it at the North Western exhibit in the Travel and Transport building.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Railroad that Grew Up With Chicago) (2) 2nd page

Our record, through the century, has been one of consistent Progress. North Western was the first Western Railway to operate trains by telegraph, and to operate sleeping cars.

North Western built the first railway postal car, in 1864, and operated the first dining-car service between Chicago and San Francisco. Ours was the first double track railway between Chicago and the Missouri River.

North Western was the first railway in the United States to organize a Safety First department, and to make extensive use of Automatic Train Control, expending more than $3 million for this purpose.


Mighty Mobile of the Rails. See this new modern locomotive in contrast to the puffing little Pioneer, when you visit North Western Park immediately south of the Travel and Transport building at A Century of Progress. It’s a graphic example of transportation progress.














CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Direct Route to All Points in the West and Northwest) (2)



Glance at the map above. Trace the course of the North Western Line. See how completely it dominates a great area. But it takes more than rails to make a powerful railway dominion.

We have invested multiplied millions in equipment to ably aid the people of this region, who have come to look upon the familiar North Western insignia as a symbol of progressive and dependable service.

For travel information apply to any ticket agent or address


Passenger Traffic Manager

400 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill.


CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Chicago and North Western Line) (2)


Ced described seeing Buckingham Fountain and I just read a reference to it in a recent book, so I went searching. Here’s a link to Wikipedia to find out more about it.

The Adler Planetarium still exists and here is a link in Wikipedia to find out more.

If you enjoyed this information about the Chicago World’s Fair of 1934, why not share it with a friend?

Tomorrow I’ll return to my regular schedule with a week of letters written in 1941. The War is heating up in Europe and the boys are concerned about their position in the draft. 

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (6-c) – 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

While Ced was traveling to North Dakota and Wisconsin to find his late Mother’s family, he stopped at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair. He kept documents, letters and memorabilia from the Fair. Post number 6 is taken from a booklet, “What I saw at the Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and it includes comments written by Ced on every page. This is the third post in the series.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Field Museum) (2)


Admission charged and not enough time anyway.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Shedd Aquarium) (2)

Admission charged and not enough time anyway.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Fireworks ) (2)


I sat and watched these fireworks one night and believe me words can’t describe their beauty. They were sent off from the sky ride tower on the island and from barges on the lagoon, lights from the northern end of the lagoon put on the smoke from the fire works in different colors blended and made some of the most lovely shifting shades of beautiful colors which I have ever seen.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Buckingham Fountain) (2)


This fountain is also at the northern end of the lagoon in the spring goes quite high into the air and with the colored lights aren’t on fireworks and smoke they are on the spray is also very beautiful but it can’t rival the smoke and beauty.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Belgian Village) (2)


Did not go in here, but had time and money permitted, this is one of the very few things which I missed but should have liked to have seen.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Enchanted Island) (2)


Walked around the outside of this place but did not go in, mostly pleasure park amusements for small children.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (The Midway) (2)


Went on a sort of wooden trough roller coaster in here and also road on the electric “bumper cars” several times and if I had not run out of money I would have stayed in there. There was one thing which is a metal framework with cars which circle around on the outside of it slowly to the ground. It is purely a scenic amusement and starts quite high off the ground.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (An Entrancing Vista) (2)


There are some lovely views but I think this is generally overestimated a little.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Art Institute) (2)


I don’t even know where this art exhibit was but I think it was in the Field Museum and an admission was charged.

CDG - Chicago Fair - 1934 (Temple of Jehol) (2)


I did not go in here but it was nice looking from the outside.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting the final section of “What I Saw At The Chicago World’s Fair – 1934” and the following Sunday we’ll find out where Ced is headed from Chicago.

Tomorrow, we’ll jump ahead to 1944 when Grandpa is acting as a Clearing House for all the family news, collecting and distributing it from the Hone Front.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (6-a) 1934 Chicago World’s Fair

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. am 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 and the land or any us with his such amazing progress is have we Americans so breathless in the human pace and many others have all but forgotten what life was like in that not so distant past.

To mark the progress of the city, the nation and the world span of 100 years, as been the primary purpose of A Century of Progress Exposition. What a fascinating privilege it is walk within these active he is, while the highlight of the party era little before are eager I!

If that is only half the story. The exposition not only gives us yesterday and today, but there is also a breathtaking glimpse of tomorrow – a hint of the wonders of science and invention 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 a prove a timely a. Use it freely to record your impressions. These brief notes made on the memories of this greatexposition fresh in the will enable you in later years to recall with delight the joys of the glorious days spent the Chicago world’s fair in 1930.

With our very best wishes, we present you and fight the area a nice white space, already knew this and 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 if electrical interest. One of them was a puppet show and it dramatized the husbamd’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.

This coming weeek I’ll be posting more of Grandpa’s unique and very personal Christmas Cards. We’ll begin with 1956 and end with

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (5-c) – The 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.

This is the last bunch of a packet of 20 postcards Ced mailed to the family in a Souvenir booklet. The introduction states that it is the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair but the Fair actually ran for two years, 1933-34.

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard -Buckingham FountainBuckingham Fountain

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Czeechoslovakian Pavillion

The Czechoslovakian Pavillion

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Golden Temple of Jehol

The Golden Temple of Jehol

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - Food and Agricultural Building

Foods and Agricultural Building

“Went in here.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Enchanted Island

The Enchanted Island

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - A Maya Temple - The Nunnery at Uxmal

A Maya Temple – The Nunnery at Uxmal

“Went in here”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Horticultural Building

The Horticultural Building

“Went in here. Ordinarily 25 cents, I got in Free through “Y”.”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Hall of Science at Night

The Hall of Science

“Saw this from the “Sky Ride”

Tomorrow another post from Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure and the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair.

Tomorrow I’ll begin another week of Grandpa’s unique, personalized Christmas Cards. The first is from 1956 and celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Trumbull House.

Judy Guion

Ced’s Coming of Age Adventure (5-b) – 1939 Chicago World’s Fair

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

Avenue of Flags

“Walked along this aisle”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Lincoln Group

The Lincoln Group

no comment

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - General Motors Building

General Motors Building

“Saw Chev. assembly line”

CDG - 1934 Chicago Fair Postcard - The Sky Ride

The Sky Ride

“I rode on this and 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

The Dairy Building

no comment

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

Federal and States Building at Night

no comment

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

Fort Dearborn – The Parade Ground

no comment

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:

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