Three large hexagonal nuts with round ridged center from the Sky Rider Towers. Attached plaque inscribed: Removed from Skyride Towers 'Amos n Andy' 'A Century of Progress.' 1933 - Chicago - 1934 Dismantled by Barker-Goldman-Lubin Co. Springfield, Ill.
Removed from Skyride Towers "Amos n Andy"/"A Century of Progress"/1933 Chicago 1934/Dismantled by/Barker-Goldman Lubin Co./Springfield, Ill.
These steel nuts were removed from the Sky Ride Towers at the Century of Progress World's Fair, 1933. The two towers stood 1,850 feet apart. Higher than any building in Chicago at the time, the towers rose six hundred and twenty-eight feet with observation floors at the top. At the 200 foot level, cars, suspended from a cableway, carried passengers above the fairgrounds. The towers and rocket cars could handle 5,000 visitors an hour.
These nuts were part of the two Sky Ride Towers, called Amos and Andy, after stereotyped African American characters on the popular radio show from the 1920s through the 1950s. In addition to more blatant acts of discrimination at the fair, this is indicative of some more subtle aspects of racial prejudice evident at the Fair.