Glasgow's Great Exhibitions 1888, 1901, 1911, 1938, 1988
Glasgow's Exhibitions have always been held on the grand sale: one hundred years ago there were nearly six million visitors; over twelve and a half million came to the Empire Exhibition in 1938.
From the great International Exhibitions of 1888 and 1901, expressing the city's Victorian prosperity and self-confidence, through the Scottish nationalism of 1911, to the brilliant modernity of 1938, which offered a brief glimpse of utopia between depression and the imminent war, and finally to gardens on derelict dockland in 1988, these magnificent shows chart a century of profound social and economic change in Glasgow and Britain at large.
Like the Exhibitions themselves, this account is both entertaining and instructive, rich in detail on an enormous range of subjects: art and industry, ships and machinery, architecture, Empire, women, royalty, tourists, advertising - not to mention woollen underwear and self-pouring teapots.
The lavish illustrations include much previously unpublished or inaccessible material, making this a specially valuable record of some of the transient splendors of a great city.
Very good Condition