Guardian: Theme park, pubs, human zoos"

Edited: July 23, 2019, 8:25 AM

As sort of an article about the origins of themed entertainment, this article jumped out at me - and has some pretty impressive images

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/23/theme-parks-pubs-and-human-zoos-how-the-victorians-invented-leisure

The bits about Pleasure gardens, and Exhibition grounds are probably the most relevant to us.

Anyone brave enough to ride that early wooden looping coaster?

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Edited: July 23, 2019, 11:26 AM

Ohhh, liked the article.
It's telling something about London (only London) and more specifically, only about the 19th century.
The claim that the Victorians invented leisure, however is a bit of a far cry...
I'm sure in to get the book, but I know enough of leisure history (which goes back thousands of years) to understand it would just fill the 'local Brittish small gap' in the bigger world story. :-)

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