GENERAL BALBO & FLEET LEAVE FOR HOME General Italo Balbo and his armada of twenty-four Italian seaplanes begin the return trip on their then unprecedented round-trip flight from Rome to the Chicago World Fair. Gorgeous aerials of the mass flight include their passage over New York City and the Statue of Liberty.
NYC HONORS GENERAL BALBO & FLEET General Italo Balbo and the crew of his 24-seaplane armada are given an enthusiastic ticker tape parade on their way to City Hall by New York City officials and citizens alike. The Italians are the first in history to attempt a round-trip flight from Rome to the Chicago World Fair.
GENERAL BALBO & FLEET REACH AMERICA General Italo Balbo and his armada of twenty-four seaplanes reach their final destination of the World Fair in Chicago, Illinois while hundreds cheer them on for their record-breaking flight. General Balbo gives a brief, "Vive la America" to reporters.
AMPHIBIAN PLANE CRASHES NEAR CHICAGO A huge crowd gathers at night to watch investigators sift through the wreckage of a huge amphibian plane that went down during a sightseeing flight over the Chicago World Fair killing nine on board.
OPENING OF THE CHICAGO AQUARIUM The opening of the Chicago aquarium on the site of the world's fair. It's a mammoth museum filled with mysteries from the ocean's depths. The specimens include sea horses, and cows, triggerfish, jewfish, national champion gold-fish, sharks, hippos and thousands of other finny curiosities.
Date: 1931 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: DV Length: 00:01:19:00, No Audio
WORLD FAIR MODELS OF AMERICAN CITIES - 1933 Detailed models of various American cities are prepared for an exhibition at the upcoming Chicago World Fair. The models are in exact scale and were built by Messmore & Damon of New York.
CONSTRUCTION ON CHICAGO WORLD FAIR EXPO - 1933 As the opening date approaches construction on the buildings and displays for the Chicago World Fair speeds up as workers swing about on scaffolding setting up the 600-foot towers for the giant sky ride and more.
MODEL SHIPS FOR WORLD'S FAIR Rush to complete marine models for 1932 World's Fair. In Oakland, California Otto Gradenigo speeds up work on his classic exhibit of ship models for the Chicago World's Fair. Miniature reproductions of famous sailing and power vessels of Sea history, these models are remarkable for accuracy of detail.
Date: 1931 - BLACK/WHITE Source: Video: DV Length: 00:00:44:00, No Audio
CHICAGO WORLD FAIR EXHIBITION - 1932 AERIALS Gorgeous aerials of the Chicago Exhibition grounds where the 1933 World Fair will be held. Many of the Exhibitions modern and/or futuristic buildings such as the Hall of Science, the Travel and Transportation Unit with it's floating dome, the Adler Planetarium, the Chinese Lama Temple and neo-classic administration building form an incredible lake-front city skyline.
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