Poster advertising Crystal Palace 974
Printer: Charles Dickens & Evans Crystal Palace Printers
A mammoth iron structure covered with over a million feet of glass, the Crystal Palace was originally erected in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. With the exhibition over, the entire edifice was moved piecemeal to south London and re-erected. It opened in its new home on 10 June 1854, and was perhaps the world's first theme park. Flower shows, animal exhibitions, photographic displays, musical concerts and military tournaments were all shown here - singly or together.
Between 1854 and 1884, the Crystal Palace had almost two million visitors a year, necessitating the construction of a railway line and station nearby. Every Thursday evening until 1935 was marked at Crystal Palace by a spectacular fireworks display from the local firm, Brock's Fireworks.