A Century of Progress Chicago 1933


Decorative tapestry showing the fairgrounds of the 1933 Century of Progress.

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The shimmering blue waters of Lake Michigan spread out across the horizon on this beautiful woven tapestry, created as a souvenir for purchase by attendees of the 1933 Century of Progress in Chicago. The bird’s eye view presents the fairgrounds along the lakefront, dominated by the Sky Ride and Soldier Field in the foreground.

Other prominent buildings, the skyline, and Midway are also included within the image. Watercraft of all types and sizes ply the waters of the lake and adjoining lagoon, and numerous aircraft like the Graf Zeppelin and several seaplanes fill the sky. The distinctive shape of the Italian Savoia-Marchetti aircraft, piloted by Italo Balbo and his fellow aviators during the Decennial Air Cruise, is unfortunately absent.

I’ve been unable to identify an artist’s signature or any manufacturer’s marks, but the tapestry was produced in at least one other form (red) and is quite scarce on the market.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1933

Author: Anonymous

Sheet Width (in): 40

Sheet Height (in): 25

Condition: A

Condition Description: Woven rug, material unknown, created using thread of four separate colors with decorative tasseled edges. A few snags and loose ends visible along the top and bottom edges, but overall remains in very good to near fine condition.


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