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1951 Exhibition of Industrial Power - Kelvin Hall, Glasgow - Festival of Britain.

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Title 1951 Exhibition of Industrial Power - Kelvin Hall, Glasgow - Festival of Britain.
Imprint [Glasgow, 1951]
Date of Publication 1951
Language English
Notes This striking catalogue marks one of Scotland's contributions to the celebrations for the Festival of Britain. The 1951 festival marked a moment of national self-confidence as the austerity of the war years started to come to an end. As the text makes clear, this is not a commercial trade fair, but a celebration of Britain's technical and economic development, and its contribution to civilisation. However, many of the firms involved have included colourful advertisements for tools, heavy machinery, power generation and financial services. One of the most interesting features is the emphasis on the generation of electricity from renewable resources: hydro-electricity and wind power are discussed and promoted. The hope is expressed that engineers 'will be able to produce in Scotland by wind-power alone as much electricity as is being produced in the country at present by any other means'. The publication suggests an optimistic and ambitious society looking to a prosperous future: unfortunately, not all the hopes expressed in 1951 have yet been fulfilled.
Shelfmark GSC.2007.2.10
Acquired on 10/09/07
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