: This souvenir booklet for the 1937 Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland includes lists of exhibitors, entertainment, concessions, and exhibits. It also provides practical information about the exposition's lost and found, first aid station, stroller rental, and post office. The 67-page booklet measures 5.75" x 8.75" (15 x 22.5 cm). The exposition grounds spanned 135 acres along Cleveland's lakefront from Public Hall to Municipal Stadium east to 20th street. The fair opened to the public June 27, 1936 and ran for one hundred days. It opened for a second season in 1937, drawing more than 7 million visitors in the two seasons despite the hardships of the Great Depression. Attractions included the "Streets of the World," where visitors could sample food, entertainment, and goods from 40 countries, and the Hall of Progress, which included the "television theatre." The midway offered dozens of rides and amusements, such as "Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium," a photograph gallery, Venetian boat swing, and the "Custer Car Speedway." The 1937 season featured Billy Rose's Aquacade, a water music and dance spectacular starring Olympians Eleanor Holm and Johnny Weismuller, star of the Tarzan movies. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om2978_3627882_001 Subjects
: Arts and Entertainment; Expositions and fairs; Souvenirs Places
: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)