The History of World Expositions

The London World Exposition 1851
The first World Exhibition

Year: 1851
City: London
Country: Great Britain
Duration: 1st May - 11th October 1851

Copyright: Tallis 1852, Bd. 1, S. 4

The first World Exhibition set standards that were hard to surpass. In the summer of 1851, the Crystal Palace by architect Joseph Paxton offered an impressive backdrop for the display of the products of almost all the important nations. The Crystal Palace’s architecture represented an adaptation of the great British conservatories; it was characterised by its high halls, flooded with light, in which even the old stock of trees found room, and large machines in full operation could be displayed. The visitors who flocked to the exhibition from all over the world secured for the Royal Exhibition Commission a sizeable profit, with which the pre-eminence of the domestic industry could be increased even further.

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