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  •  President Franklin D. Roosevelt opens the film, calling Texas “100 years young!” 
  •  General Electric’s House of Magic 
  •  Govenor Richard W. Leche of Louisiana 
  •  Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes raises the Lone Star Flag of Texas 
  •  Animatronic dinosaurs 
  •  The aquarium 
  •  The Department of Labor’s “Mechanical Man” that can “do anything, except vote the Republican ticket.” 
  •  Texas auto industry exhibits 
  •  All the grown-ups crowding out the kiddies 
  •  Citrus trees imported from the Rio Grande Valley and a band, Jose Manzanares and his South Americans, play at the open air band shell! 
  •  The Midway! 
  •  The Rocket Speedway 
  •  The Paris Exhibit with “plenty of curves” 
  •  “Paris Peggy” Hahn at the Streets of Paris exhibit, a controversial show due to the amount of public nudity 
  •  “Midget City” 
  •  Streets of All Nations 
  •  The Parasol Dance 
  •  Corinne the Apple Dancer 
  •  The Black Forest with ice skaters “even on the hottest days of the year.” 
  •  The Texas Centennial Exposition at night 
  •  President FDR speaks again 
 
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This promotional film for the Texas Centennial Exposition held at Fair Park in 1936 enthusiastically profiles all of the many attractions at the World’s Fair. The narrator excitedly describes the buildings and decorations at Fair Park as well as many of the exhibits. The film also features clips of President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at the opening day ceremonies of the Centennial Exposition on June 12, 1936. Be sure to see the Texas Rangerettes enforcing justice, Mechanical Man, a square dance on horseback, Corrine the Apple Dancer, and more!
The Texas Centennial was a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Texas independence from Mexico. Events all over the state commemorated the milestone, such as the Texas Frontier Centennial in Fort Worth and Galveston’s Mardi Gras.  Several existing buildings were commissioned for the centennial, including the Texas Memorial Museum, The Sam Houston Memorial Museum, The Panhandle-Plains Memorial Museum, and the Alamo Museum, among others. Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio all vied for the chance to host the main exposition, but Dallas won due to its financial commitment.
 
The Centennial Exposition in Dallas was heralded as the first World’s Fair held in the Southwest. It ran from June 6 to November 29, 1936, and again from June 12 to October 31, 1937. The festival’s most visited attraction was the “Cavalcade of Texas,” a pageant of Texas history. Another draw was the Hall of Negro Life, which was the first acknowledgement of black culture at any World’s Fair. In the midst of moralistic and educational efforts, the midway also served as a space for drinking, gambling, and strippers, a sure way to make money at the height of the Great Depression. One of the most appealing parts of the exposition was the nightly lightshow where 24 multicolored searchlights that could be seen from miles away. 
 
Famous visitors included President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gene Autry. The exposition served as a filming location for The Big Show, a 1936 western in which Gene Autry played himself. Over 6 million people attended the fair, and while that was below the projected figures, organizers were ultimately pleased with the boost to the economy and the recognition it brought Dallas. 
 
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