It’s the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago – The Century of Progress – and the world has come a long way since the 1893 Midway’s Little Egypt belly dancing caused a scandalous sensation.
Here’s a three-minute silent video tour of the Paris Pavilion in 1933, featuring fashion and art (great berets!), of course, but also:
- A sign for a “Life Class” and a nudist colony
- Gyrating, topless statues
- A man grabbing a woman’s behind and hauling her off (!)
- A scantily-clad model with a parasol strolling nonchalantly through the crowds
- The famous (American!) Sally Rand at an outdoor cafe doing her famous ostrich feather fan dance (notice how, at the start of her show, a spectator is lamenting his empty wine glass) … with her ever-popular nude finish. She was apparently arrested at the Fair four times in one day because of public nudity. Her performances at the Century of Progress became her most well-known appearance.
La vie nue~!