Wembley Park, Greater London. The amusement park at the British Empire Exhibition, showing two women watching as elephants pass by. A handwritten caption alongside this image in the album reads: African elephants having exercise in the park. Album print photographed by Robert J Wigglesworth (1924-5). The Historic England Archive holds two albums of his pictorial reminders of the event
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EDITORS COMMENTS This print by Robert J Wigglesworth takes us back in time to the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley Park, Greater London. The image showcases a delightful scene from the amusement park, where two women stand in awe as a procession of majestic elephants passes by. The handwritten caption accompanying this photograph reveals that these are African elephants enjoying their exercise within the park's grounds. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in time, we can almost hear the trumpeting sounds and feel the ground tremble beneath their mighty footsteps. Robert J Wigglesworth's keen eye for detail and composition is evident in this beautifully captured moment. His pictorial reminders of this grand event have been preserved within two albums held by the Historic England Archive. Through his lens, Wigglesworth not only documents an enchanting encounter between humans and animals but also provides us with a glimpse into a significant era of British history. This image serves as a reminder of how public exhibitions like these brought people together to celebrate cultural diversity and marvel at nature's wonders. As we admire this remarkable photograph, let it transport us back to a time when such spectacles were cherished and treasured memories forever etched on film.
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