Friday, February 27, 2015

GGIE: Aerial View of Exposition Grounds

The compact unity of the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, is brought out by this photograph. Radiating from the 400 foot Central Tower and surrounding court are six great blocks of exhibit palaces, spaced by lovely gardens and beyond are the buildings of industrial and governmental exhibitors.


In New York and San Francisco
Look for more World's Fair Postcards on the Postcardy Blog on Fridays.

To view past World's Fair posts, click here or on the exposition label.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lookout Mountain Incline

From the Windows of the Incline Car as it ascends Lookout Mountain a magnificent view of the Tennessee River, the city of Chattanooga and surrounding historical country is obtained.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Map: Catalina Island

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Catalina Island is a rocky island  located about 22 miles (35 km) south-southwest of Los Angeles, California..The island is 22 miles (35 km) long and 8 miles (13 km) across at its greatest width.

This postcard has an attractive map with a lot of detail. Unfortunately the map is almost impossible to read without a magnifying glass when reduced to postcard size, and the back of the postcard has no information about the island..

Above is an enlargement of a portion of the map showing the location of the Wrigley Residence. People are shown swimming and traveling by boat to the island. It is a long distance to swim, but it has been done. More than 200 people have completed the Catalina Channel swim. The swim dates back to 1927, when the Wrigley family that owned the island sponsored a swimming race to prove that it really wasn’t far from the mainland. The swim normally starts, rather than ends, on the island.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

George Washington's Birthday


A popular myth about George Washington tells about his response to his father's questioning him about chopping down a cherry tree. Little George is said to have replied "Father, I cannot tell a lie, I did with my little hatchet." 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Smallest Man in the World & Midget Village at the Chicago World's Fair

This postcard pictures "The Smallest Man in the World" at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. He is standing next to an unidentified man who appears to be of average size.

This postcard has a pencil signature "Capt. Werner" on the back. I have another postcard of him dressed in a "Captain" uniform. That card also is signed "Capt. Werner" (the signature looks a bit different).

It is unclear what his real name or exact size is. The 1934 Official Guide Book of the World's Fair has this entry:
MIDGET VILLAGE, populated by Lilliputians, is a reproduction — reduced to midget scale, of the ancient Bavarian city of Dinkelspuhl, one of the few remaining walled towns in Europe.
Said to be the smallest man in the world, Werner Krueger, 24 inches tall and weighing 18 pounds, is one of the 115 midget inhabitants of the Lilliputian city. It has 45 buildings, its own municipal building, police, fire department, church, school, shops exhibiting midget handicrafts, miniature taxicab, filling station and newspaper.
Mayor of Midget City is Major Doyle, 33 inches tall. Free entertainment is given on the outdoor stage in Midget City park, or indoors in case of rain, by three groups of midget professional artists — the Ritter, Rose and Singer troupes. There are 1,500 free seats for the outdoor show.
In the Guide Book, the name and size of the smallest man are given as Werner Krueger, 24 inches tall and weighing 18 pounds. Elsewhere, in an article about the smallest man visiting the smallest distillery bottling line, he is described  as Capt. Werner Ritter (age 21, height 18 inches, weight 19-3/4 pounds). It may be that the "Ritter" name came from the Ritter Midgets troupe. That article also mentions that Capt. Werner developed a miniature rage when one of the women on the bottling line tried to cuddle him like a baby, and that he spoke only German.

Size variations often appear in various descriptions of midgets. The smallest woman who appeared at the fair, Margaret Ann Robinson, had a long career of exhibitions. She also appears in various sources with name and size variations--some size differences attributable to age and some not.

In contrast, there is almost no information about the smallest man. I can think of several reasons for this: he was not American; he did not like being exhibited; his real name was totally different.

Here are a few Midget Village postcards from the Chicago World's Fair.

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New York World's Fair: General Views of Firestone Exhibits

Visitors at the Firestone Factory and Exhibition Building at the New York World's Fair may see the world's most modern tire made with the world's most modern efficient tire-building machinery. Here the new Firestone Champion Tires are built, from raw materials to finished product. In the Exhibition Hall are dynamic displays of all Firestone Products and adjacent in a typical American farm setting is an interesting display of the most modern farm implements equipped with Firestone Ground Grip Tires.

Dropped into a modernistic, whirling "World of Tomorrow," in a peaceful, quiet, typical American Farm setting, complete with babbling brook, farm buildings and domestic animals is an interesting and instructive display of modern farming equipment. Here you may see how the Firestone Ground Grip Tire for tractors and farm implements has revolutionized agriculture to make the farmer's world easier, more efficient and more profitable. Firestone Put The Farm On Rubber.

© 1939, The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.


In New York and San Francisco
Look for more World's Fair Postcards on the Postcardy Blog on Fridays.

To view past World's Fair posts, click here or on the exposition label.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Illinois Central's Floridian

GAIN one day of sunshine -- Save one day's expense on Illinois Central's Floridian, the only All-Pullman, All-Luxury train to Florida -- Through cars to South Florida. One full day en route -- leave Chicago daily 8:45 p. m., leave St. Louis 11:20 p.m., arrive Miami or St. Petersburg 8:30 a. m. Completely Air-conditioned, ultra-modern equipment insures absolute cleanliness and comfort. Bed rooms, single or en suite; drawing rooms; compartments; club and observation cars; radio; distinctive meals. Make the Floridian your home en route. 

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