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Since the Wembley Exhibition of 1925 there had not been a greater one than the 1938 Empire Exhibition staged in Glasgow within the 175 acres of Bellahouston Park. Again, like Wembley, it was a microcosm of the Empire with all its arts, culture and industrial products. There were over 70 Palaces of Industry and Pavilions of Engineering as well as scores of smaller buildings and lots of amusements and attractions. However, the key-note of the Exhibition was modernity - “the stern idealism of plane surfaces and straight lines”. The opening ceremony on May 3rd in the Ibrox stadium, the Glasgow Rangers’ football club ground, was performed by the King in the presence of 100,000 spectators

On May 7th the UN published its
‘Empire Exhibition Scotland 1938’ special number

(Appendix List No. 120) and all aspects of this ‘shop window’ for British Empire manufacturers are illustrated. A central feature of the exhibition was the 300 foot Tower of Empire erected on the summit of a hill. It was a unique structure of original design by Mr. Thomas Tait and its observation galleries afforded wonderfu1 views over the surrounding country.
The cover design shows the Tower of Empire in bright clear lines and colours filling a central space through an archway flanked by and dominating four allegorical figures — Mercury, Mars, Bacchus and Britannia, the latter looking distinctly the worse for wear ! In more muted colours, along the top of the cover, is a panoramic view of the exhibition.
This is issue number 5168, vol. 192, pages 781-838 measuring 37 x 26 cm and priced at one shilling.

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