The Franco-British Exhibition 1908
|The Franco-British Exhibition of 1908 was held to celebrate the "entente cordiale" which had been
signed by Britain and France in 1904. The exhibition was housed in an area west of London now called
White City. Nearby, the White City Stadium was constructed for the Olympic Games held in the same
year. Originally scheduled for Rome, the venue had to be changed to London because of the
devastation of Naples by an eruption of Vesuvius - the funds for the Olympics were instead used to
rebuild Naples. (The White City stadium was later used for athletics and greyhound racing, and was
demolished in 1985). A new tube station was built at Wood Lane - this opened to coincide with the
opening of the Exhibition on May 14 1908. The opening ceremony was performed by the Prince of Wales
- later King George V - in pouring rain.The exhibition attracted 8 million visitors and was the largest
exhibition of its kind in Britain. It was the first international exhibition co-organised and sponsored by
two countries. It covered an area of some 140 acres, including an artificial lake, surrounded by an
immense network of white buildings in elaborate (often Oriental) styles.
|We will not have to try to date the postcards on this page - all will of course have
been produced in 1908.
|The writer of this postcard describes the ride - "I went on the spiral
railway, it is a terrible thing ! and is supposed to be very dangerous. I
sat in front with the driver and he asked me if I would like to go fast, I
said "Yes", and we did !!"
|The main entrance to Ballymaclinton.
|A flower show in the Palace of Music.
|Thanks to the anonymous person who
emailed us this image !
|A visitor to this website has told us that she lived
in White City for a few years after World War II
and remembers the ruins of the Exhibition Site,
which they called the "Chinese Jungle". Follow
this link for a history of the White City.
|White City Stadium - we used to go greyhound racing here in the late
|This is not a postcard but the front cover of
some sheet music composed for the
Exhibition. The composer's grandson, Peter
Gillies, kindly emailed us this image.
|This postcard of the Irish Village was sent to us by a gentleman from
Wirksworth in Derbyshire. He has an interesting website about the
town and in particular a page about the exhibition and this postcard.
Follow this link to see it
|Did You Know.......that a hydro-electric generating set built for the exhibition was later sold to the Borough Council of
Akaroa which lies on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. The plant has been preserved - follow this link to read all
|Postcards of the Past
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old postcards. The items available include many reproduction postcards, coffee mugs, greetings
cards, key chains, fridge magnets, watches etc. Many images on these pages have a direct link to a
reproduction postcard - just click on the image to see and buy it ! (They are only about £1 each !)
Or, to view more gifts based on our old postcards of the Franco-British Exhibition, follow this link.
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|The Wood Lane Entrance to the Exhibition.
|This postcard was sent to us by one of our visitors who found it in the
loft of a house she had recently bought.
|An unusual and very collectable postcard of the Exhibition.
|This postcard was emailed to us by Shirley Richardson from Mount
Maunganui in New Zealand. Thanks Shirley !
|Two more postcards from Shirley in New Zealand.