Google doodles 160 years of the World's Fair
Posted on: 04:11 PM IST May 01, 2011
New Delhi: A "Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations" was organised at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London in 1851. The event is also known as the first World's Fair, The Great Exhibition or simply as the Crystal Palace Exhibition.
The first World's Fair was held over a period of five and a half months from May 1 to October 15, 1851. Sunday marks the 160th anniversary of the opening of the fair and Google celebrated it with an interactive doodle on its home page.
The Google doodle commemorating the event puts together different elements of the fair that are viewable more closely with a magnifying glass effect that appears when a user hovers the cursor over the logo.
The first World Fair was primarily organised by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria and inventor Henry Cole. The purpose of the fair was also to showcase the Britain's industrial might to the world. The Koh-i-noor diamond, that the British had seized from India was also exhibited at the fair.
Google doodles have gained immense popularity over the past few years and the Google team has put out commemorative doodles on events ranging from news events, civic milestones, birthdays, death anniversaries and important dates in history.