Chicago World's Fair


Technicolor VS Cinecolor (1934)

During most of the 1930’s and 1940’s, the top two professional color processes were 3 strip Technicolor (left), and 2-color Cinecolor (right). These scenes were shot on the same year at the Chicago Century Of Progress Exposition, and show the same locations.

Needless to say, Technicolor provided unmatched color reproduction, but Cinecolor had its advantages- It was considerably cheaper (being only 10% more expensive that black and white), and it could be used on a standard studio movie camera. This made it perfect for short subjects and low budget pictures, and it remained in use until the mid 50’s.

Despite the different conditions of the clips, the difference in color reproduction it still quite evident.

(Clips via historycomestolife)


Ancient animatronic prehistoric beasts of the “The World a Million Years Ago” exhibit at the 1933 Chicago “Century of Progress” World’s Fair.

Meeting a Descendent of H.H. Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

Originally posted by consultingdads

Sherlock: H.H. Holmes? The serial killer?

Y/N: That’s the one. 

Sherlock: Great, because one Jim Moriarty wasn’t enough.

Y/N: Who’s Jim Moriarty?

Sherlock: You don’t know him? Good, let’s keep it that way.

John Watson

Originally posted by sherlockspoisonedcoffee

John: So your descendant was a serial killer from Chicago? 

Y/N: Yeah, pretty much. 

John: How interesting, say, have you tried these chips yet? They’re absolutely incredible.

Mycroft Holmes

Originally posted by boysofbakerst

Y/N: I’m-

Mycroft: Y/N, a descendant of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer from Chicago during the World Fair. Yes, I know. I’ve been tracking you since you came to London.

Y/N, sarcastically: It’s so nice to meet you.

Jim Moriarty

Originally posted by alksontini

Jim: So your descendant is a famous serial killer?

Y/N: Yup?

Jim: Would you like to go out to dinner sometime? Maybe I can run some plans by you. 

Y/N: Plans? What sort of plans?

Jim: Business. 

Y/N: Oh sorry, I’m actually in journalism, not business. 

Jim, wrapping his arm around your shoulders: Well, I think you’d be very good in business.


Dymaxion car, 1933. 2000 followers! Wow, thanks everyone for sticking with me and for all the likes and reblogs. To celebrate here’s something truly extraordinary and perhaps the ultimate car that never made it. I’m a designer and Buckminster Fuller is one of my heroes. He was an inventor and architect who, in 1933, attempted to reinvent the automobile when he presented the teardrop shaped Dymaxion car. It had three wheels, a rear-mounted Ford V8 engine, was twenty feet long and could seat up to 11 passengers. The rear mounted engine drove the front wheels, the single rear wheel steered the car. Alas at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair where the car was being demonstrated there was an accident. Two passengers were seriously injured, the driver was killed and along with him, the Dymaxion Car. Three cars had been built, one had now been badly damaged, the other two were moth-balled and became part of the collection of the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. More recently, in 2010, British architect Norman Foster commissioned a fourth Dymaxion car


Fan Dancer Sally Rand at 1934 Chicago World’s Fair.

taking up fan dancing for four weeks with Courtney. getting prepped up for our end of year stage confidence…

i can’t be THAT graceful. i’ll probably be the idiot in class who’s managed to twirl the feathers into her mouth and frantically spitting them out.