WendyCity World’s Fair Moment: Nudity at the Paris Pavilion

0 Posted by - September 5, 2014 - A World's Fair Moment

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~!

sally's behind

 

 

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