Unique and rare find! This flint lighter made by "Match King" is from the 1933-34 Chicago Exposition. The front of the lighter is engraved with the fair logo and reads "A Century of Progress"; the back of the lighter is also engraved with a picture of a building ("Electrical Building"); the bottom is signed "Match King, Chicago, USA, PAT. PEND. This measures 1 3/4 inches from top to bottom, and one inch wide.
The Century of Progress International Exposition was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Chicago. Its theme, according to the official statement set forth by the city, was to "attempt to demonstrate to an international audience the nature and significance of scientific discoveries, the methods of achieving them, and the changes which their application has wrought in industry and in living conditions." The exposition was originally scheduled for 1933, but was held over for another year (1934). Originally intended to commemorate Chicago's past, the Century of Progress Exposition came to symbolize hope for Chicago's and America's future in the midst of the Great Depression.