So, why am I posting about this today? Well, simply because this month is the 160th anniversary of the exhibition and I believe that is something worth celebrating. So does google, it seems, who produced an amazingly detaled moving logo to commemorate the event.
What I find most interesting about the exhibition is the sheer range and ingenuity of what was exhibited inside it. To give you a glimpse of this wonder, I'd like too highlight a few of the pieces that I loved when I heard about them:
- Possibly the first-ever voting machine. This had an ingenious system to stop over-voting.
- The Tempest Prognosticator, also known as the Leech Barometer. 12 leeches were used to ring bells warning of an approaching storm as they became agitated.
- The Rosetta Stone and various other Egyptian artifacts
- 40 foot scale model of the London dockyards with 1600 miniture ships
- Household furniture made of coal
What would you put in a Great Exhibition today?