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British Empire Exhibition 1924 EPW010737 Featured Historic Images Print

British Empire Exhibition 1924 EPW010737

BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION, London. Photographed in June 1924 at Wembley, Middlesex. Its official aim was "to stimulate trade, strengthen bonds that bind mother Country to her Sister States and Daughters". It was the largest exhibition ever staged anywhere in the world, attracting 27 million visitors. The main exhibition buildings surrounded and fronted onto the lakes (right of centre in this picture). The Exhibition Station (foreground) adjoining the India pavilion, palaces of Engineering (middle right), Industry, and Arts (top), with the Australia and Canada pavilions to the left of the lakes. the Palace of Engineering and the British Government Pavilion survived into the 1970s. The Empire Pool became the Wembley Arena, and the Empire Stadium was also kept until 2002, when it was demolished to be replaced by the new Wembley Stadium. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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Stamford Bridge, Chelsea EAW018701 Featured Historic Images Print

Stamford Bridge, Chelsea EAW018701

STAMFORD BRIDGE STADIUM, London. Aerial view. Home of Chelsea Football Club since 1905. Designed by the football ground architect Archibald Leitch, who also designed the covered east stand. Photographed here in 1948, the ground still retained a running track from its days as an athletic stadium and it could still hold an estimated 100, 000 spectators. Aerofilms Collection

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R101 at Cardington EPW029993 Featured Historic Images Print

R101 at Cardington EPW029993

R101 at Cardington, Bedfordshire, 1929. Built 1926-30 at the Royal Airship Works at Cardington, the final test flight was 1st October 1930. Three days later the R101 departed for Karachi but crashed into a hillside near Beauvais, north of Paris, killing 48 of its 54 passengers. Aerofilms Collection (see Links)

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