Following on from yesterday’s post about augmented ski jumps into stadiums in the US, this is a fantastic old poster advertising the London Glaciarium from 1844.
A 3,000 sqft. replica of Lake Lucerne was constructed in Covent Garden, along with a replica glacier. It was then thawed out. If this were to occur today, it’d be a massive environmental statement. The Victorians didn’t care much for that, they just thought it’d be a laugh. Sledges were available for women and children and the members of the London Glaciarium club (yes, they had a club) did skating shows on the ice. Murphy Outdone! Awful Prediction!
This comes from the always incredible bldgblog, definitely worth checking out.