Chicago Fair of 1950

The Chicago Fair of 1950 was held from June 24 to September 4.  It was held on the same lake front site as the Chicago Railroad Fairs of 1948 and 1949.

The official symbol of the Chicago Fair was The Spiramid, designed by Charles Bracken. The design was a combination of a spiral and a pyramid, symbolizing the upward spiral of American progress from a solid base of freedoms and enterprise.  According to the Official Guide Book, the Spiramid was selected because it was considered the most modern way of symbolizing the Fair’s theme — “To depict and dramatize achievements of agriculture, commerce, industry and science which under our pioneer heritage, promise new ever-higher standards of American living.”


The main attraction was the pageant, “Frontiers of Freedom.” There were fourteen fast-moving scenes depicting the American Story from William Penn’s 1682 “Great Treaty” with  the Indians to “The March of Machines.” The pageant had a cast of 150 and was presented on an open air stage along the lake shore.


Dixieland was just inside the south gate. This was a village representing the history of the Old South.


One of the Dixieland features was the Show Boat Theater.


Eight houses of various styles of construction were exhibited at the Avenue of American Homes.  The houses displayed the latest in home furnishings and modern styling.


The Big Top Circus was located near the north end of the fairgrounds. This was a one ring European type circus presented outdoors several times daily.


The Cypress Gardens Water Thrill Show was near the circus. The show featured water skiing with World Champion performers,  Florida Water Ski Maidens, and Aquaclowns.


There was an events platform for the use of various organizations at the north end of the grounds.


The 60-foot tower of the Johnson and Johnson first aid station is visible in this scene along the midway.


The narrow gauge Deadwood Central railway ran between Dixieland near the South Entrance and the main entrance,


The postcards displayed above are from a ten postcard series numbered from CF-100 to CF-109 in the top border. The Chicago Fair postcards are frequently misidentified as Chicago Word’s Fair of 1933-34. Although the 1950 date is not explicitly printed on the cards, the Curt Teich code number beginning with”0c” printed in the bottom border identifies them as 1950 postcards.

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