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Title Earl's Court, The Great (Ferris) Wheel, ca. 1895
Collection Lang Collection
Object Name Print, Photographic
Caption Earl's Court - The Great Wheel
Scope & Content B&W photograph - "Earl's Court, The Great Wheel 3966." L.S. & P. Co. This photograph is of The Great Wheel at Earl's Court from the vantage point of the railroad tracks that curve around next to the wheel. The boxes of the ferris wheel are styled like gondolas.

"Victorian London - Buildings, Monuments and Museums - The Great Wheel, Earl's Court...This gigantic wheel, which forms such a prominent object in the landscape anywhere west of London, is extensively patronised by the public during the Exhibitions at Earl's Court, and it matters very little if it is an Indian, or Colonial, or South African Exhibition, the big wheel always has its crowd of patrons who like to experience the exhilarating effects of an ascent into the air, minus the dangers attending a balloon and the probability of making an ascent rather higher than they originally intended, and the improbability of landing on the earth again in a perfect condition. This slowly revolving wheel takes you up to a good height, from which you have a splendid view of bricks and mortar below you; and there is just that touch of danger which always gives piquancy to pleasure, that peright-handaps it may stop, and refuse to go on, and its patrons may have to be fed on buns and soda water by venturesome sailors until the machinery once more gets into working order, and you slowly descend to your despairing relatives and expectant friends with tumultuous applause, and you feel proudly conscious of something attempted and (thank goodness) something done.
"George Birch, The Descriptive Album of London, c.1896"
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Accession# 2004G1307
Subjects Empire of India exhibition, London, 1895-1906
Ferris wheels
Object ID 2004G1307
Creator L.S. & P. Co.
Date ca. 1895
Year Range from 1895
Year Range to 1906
Imagefile 003\2004G1307.JPG