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1862 International Exhibition London Medal Artwork 1
My oldest Exposition medal and from the second country I've collect outside of the United States.

The 1862 International Exhibition, or Great London Exposition was held in South Kensington, London, on a site now occupied by the Natural History Museum. The buildings occupied 21 acres attracting about 6.1 million visitors.
Above the brick entrances of the "Industrial Buildings" on the east and west fronts were two great glass domes, each 150 feet wide and 260 feet high - at that time the largest domes ever built.

The exhibition was a showcase of the advances made in the industrial revolution , especially in the decade since the first Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Among the items on display were; the electric telegraph, submarine cables, the first plastic, Parkesine , machine tools, looms and precision instruments.

The manufacture of ice by an early refrigerator caused a sensation.

The London and North Western Railway exhibited one of their express passenger locomotives, No. 531 Lady of the Lake which won a bronze medal at the exhibition and was so popular that the entire class of locomotive became known as Ladies of the Lake.

A brand new shining penny in 1862 would buy you a guide booklet.
A rare piece of ephemera, which I would like to own but that new penny today would be probably worth much more than the booklet. I'll be on the lookout for either.

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