De la Rue's Stationery Stand and Envelope Machine, 1851.
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Chromolithograph from 'Recollections of the Great Exhibition of 1851' by C T Dolby. On show at De la Rue's stand at the Great Exhibtion is an enveloping machine, coloured paper, boxes and cards, and examples of printing and bookbinding. To the right of the stand a Spicer's paper roll is hanging down. On the left hand side Langley Bank's twin geometrical staircase to the galleries beyond can be seen. The 'Great Exhibition of the Works of the Industry of all Nations' was conceived by Prince Albert (1819-1861). The Crystal Palace, designed by Joseph Paxton (1801-1865), was purpose-built for the occasion. It was the first large-scale prefabricated ferrovitreous (iron and glas) structure. The exhibition was held in Hyde Park in 1851.