Lace made for the Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1900.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
The machine-made lace features symbols of modern progres, a steam locomotive, an electric telegraph and electric lights, a hot air balloon and a suspension bridge. The 'Exposition Universelle et Industrielle de Paris' was held between 15 April and 12 November 1900. It was a huge affair, the site covered 112 hectares of the French capital, and the exhibition played host to 76,000 exhibitors and over 50 million visitors. There were halls that covered all aspects of industry and technology, as well as pavilions dedicated to many countries. The Eiffel tower was built for the occasion by Gustave Alexandre Eiffel (1832-1923).