Interested in all things related to the history of the various World's Fairs? Then check out the 15th annual World's Fair Memorabilia Show on Sunday, March 29th, 2009 . Find out more info after the jump...
The hours are 10am to 4pm and it is being held at the Elk Grove Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road (Rt. 83 and Landmeier Rd.) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Admission is $5, $4 for seniors over 64.
There will be a special display on the signature attraction of the 1933/ 1934 World's Fair, the Sky Ride. Some of the items from the Sky Ride that will be on display at the World's Fair Memorabilia Show will include a uniform from a Sky Ride employee. A large wind-up Sky Ride replica toy, the official advertising posters for the Sky Ride from 1933 and 1934 and one of the actual chairs from a Sky Ride rocket car.
Collectors and dealers will meet to buy, sell and trade items related to World's Fairs from 1876 to the present. The main focus will be on the 1933/34 Chicago World's Fair. There will also be items from the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and other Chicago related ephemera. There will be some items from other World's Fairs including: 1904 St. Louis, 1939-40 New York, 1962 Seattle, 1964-65 New York, Expo '67, etc. There will be over 20 tables of World's Fair items for sale!
There will be continuous showings of home movies and newsreels on video from the 1933/34 Chicago A Century of Progress. World's Fair collectors and fans of the fair are invited to come celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 1934 Century of Progress and relive one of the brightest moments in Chicago's history. (Two of the stars on Chicago's flag commemorate the 1893 and 1933/34 Fairs!)
The Fair had many memorable buildings and attractions including the Sky Ride, Havoline's 227 foot tall thermometer tower (with neon tubing showing the current temperatures to fairgoers) and the Travel and Transport Building with a suspended roof. It is amazing that this fair was privately financed at the height of the Depression and was one of the few World's Fairs to make a profit!
Image courtesy of Rick Rann