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Crystal Palace on fire, 30 November 1936.

Crystal Palace on fire, 30 November 1936.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


Fire engines at 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 success. It was the world's first theme park for mass entertainment. However, in the twentieth century Crystal Palace's popularity declined, failing to compete with newer forms of entertainment and recreation.

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