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CambsIan



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A view of the Pleasure Gardens at Battersea, part of the Festival of Britain in 1951.
Date: Sun, 18, October, 2020 ∑ Views: 911
Filesize: 77.9kb, 262.4kbDimensions: 1400 x 1132 ∑
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Keywords: Festival of Britain
Film make, size & rating:: Not known
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Lens Focal Length, aperture: Not known
Tripod used Y or N:: Not known
Paper:: Kentmere VC
Paper developer & temp:: Fotospeed PD5 @ 20c

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alexmuir
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Sun, 18, October, 2020 4:06pm

This is the print I received from Ian. It is printed from a negative produced in 1951, and gives a great impression of this historic event. Were any FADU members there??
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Tony Marlow
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Sun, 18, October, 2020 6:12pm

I went there on the back of a lorry when kid with my uncles who were working on the project. I went on the big drum where you stood against the wall as it spinned round. When the speed was enough the floor dropped away and you stuck to the wall like a fly. When I got out I was sick! I did go to the south bank on a school visit and stood under the skylon and explored the dome of discovery. No Iíll effects this time, ice cream and sweets were in short supply then and rationed.
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CambsIan

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Sun, 18, October, 2020 7:35pm

Hi Tony,
If the Skylon is what I suspect it was (a cigar shaped pylon) then I think I might have a negative of that as well.
Ian

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Tony Marlow
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Mon, 19, October, 2020 9:56am

That's right Ian it is the cigar shaped pylon. Suspended 50ft off the ground and reaching 300ft up in the air it was quite a sight then. It was lit up internally at night so iut would look as if it was floating in the air but we left before nightfall.


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alexmuir
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Sun, 1, November, 2020 2:58pm

Thanks for sharing your memories, Tony. Since Ian sent me this print, I have seen some other views of the Pleasure Gardens. We could use something like it now.
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