Exposition Universelle - A Boxego Moment in History - 12th November 1900

Nov 12, 2013

The Exposition Universelle of 1900 was a world's fair held in Paris, France, from 15 April to 12 November 1900, to celebrate the achievements of the previous century and to accelerate development into the next.

The style that was universally present in the Exposition was Art Nouveau. Over the course of the fair over 50 million people saw many machines, inventions, and architecture that are now commonly seen.

Escalators, Ferris wheels and talking films were among the many thousand exhibits. Rudolf Diesel exhibited his diesel engine, running on peanut oil.


Campbell's Soup was awarded a gold medal (an image of which still appears on many of the company's products). 


The centrepiece of the Palais de l'Optique was the 1.25-metre-diameter (49 in) "Great Exposition Refractor". This telescope was the largest refracting telescope at that time. The optical tube assembly was 60 meters long and 1.5 meters in diameter and was fixed in place due to its mass. Light from the sky was sent into the tube by a movable 2-meter mirror.

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