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Crystal Palace at night, c 1930.

Crystal Palace at night, c 1930.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm


A snapshot photograph of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London. After housing the Great Exhibition in 1851 the Crystal Palace was dismantled and rebuilt on a site at Sydenham, south east London. It reopened in June 1854. The 'Palace of the People' as it became known, was a huge succes. It was the world's first theme park for mas entertainment. However, in the twentieth century Crystal Palace's popularity declined, failing to compete with newer forms of entertainment and recreation. Sadly the Crystal Palace burnt down on the night of 30 November 1936. Originally a shooting term, the word 'snapshot' was first linked with photography in the late 1850s, when it was used to describe a photograph taken with a brief exposure. Over time, snapshot came to mean any amateur photograph taken with a simple camera. The origins of popular photography can be traced back to George Eastman's [1854-1932] introduction of the first Kodak camera in 1888. Snapshots are informal, personal records of every

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