Imperial Austrian Exhibition

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The Imperial Austrian Exhibition world's fair was held at Earl's Court in London in 1906.[1] It opened on 20 June[2] and closed on 6 October.[3]

Exhibitions and attractions[edit]

The Great Wheel at Earl's Court Exhibition Ground

Three aspects of Austrian society were explored in different themed areas:

  • There was a "Tyrolean Village" with lacemakers, woodcarvers, beer halls and cafes[4]
  • A model underground salt mine reached by a slide[2]
  • A Bohemia area opened by the Bohemian revivalist Count Lützow[5]

Exhibitors included the photographer Josef Jindřich Šechtl,[6] and the bronze goods manufacturer Kalmar who won a bronze prize.[7] There was also an Austrian restaurant.[8]

The exhibition was the last use of the Great Wheel, a 94.5-metre (310 ft) tall[9][10] Ferris wheel which was the world's tallest from its opening in 1895 until 1900. It was demolished in 1907.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Findling, John E (ed.). "Appendix D:Fairs Not Included". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 414. ISBN 9780786434169. 
  2. ^ a b "Papers Past — Poverty Bay Herald — 19 June 1906 — SLICING DOWN THE SALT MINE". Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Anderson Norman. Ferris Wheels:An illustrated history. p. 100. ISBN 087972532X. 
  4. ^ "1906 Imperial". Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bohemian section at the Austrian exhibition, Earl's Court, London, S. W. 1906. Under the auspices of the City council of the royal capital Prague, and under the honorary presidency of Francis count Lützow and Vladímir Srb...Guide to the Bohemian section and to the kingdom of Bohemia". Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ P. Scheufler, Jižní Čechy objektivem tří generací, České Budějovice 1989
  7. ^ "Kalmar-B.swf (application/x-shockwave=flash Object)". Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jazz Age Club". Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Great Wheel, Earls Court
  10. ^ Spot the difference: London landmarks, then and now