11/08/2022

1888, Brussels BE – Grand Concours International des Sciences et de l’Industrie

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1888 Brussels

Name:Grand Concours International des Sciences et de l’Industrie
Dates:11 May – Oct 1888
Days:182 days
Venue:Parc du Cinquantenaire
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The Historical Dictionary of Brussels states: “Less a world’s fair than an international competition on science and industry”.

The impetus for the show was driven by the Belgian politician and engineeer, Léon de Somzée, he was a deputy for Brussels in the House of Representatives

This was a period of social unrest, in 1886 there were riots based on economic grievances that was bloodily suppressed. There wereongoing demands for universal suffrage. As a result the attendance was disappointing

1888 Brussels poster
1888 Brussels general view

The venue was the Parc du Cinquantenaire, where earlier a national exposition had been held in 1880, to mark the jubilee of the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence. The Palace of the Cinquantenaire was built as two buildings connected to each other by semicircular colonnades in an arc. The layout of the park was designed to accommodate exhibitors’ pavilions.

One of three Cinquantenaire Arcades, entry to the park
1888 Brussels Medal featuring Leopold II

The US House of Represntatives voted on 9 Apr 1888 to provide a $30,000 budget for the USA participation in the 1888 Brussels International Exhibition.

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