1924 British Empire Exhibition Maps

by

Bill Tonkin

Members will remember that some time ago (five years actually) the Group did some research into the 1924 coloured maps done by Kennedy North and printed by Dobson Molle & Co., Ltd. When opened out they measure 29 x 20, and folded approximately 3 x 6. The map is very colourful with a green and black border and shows a plan of the site with the main buildings named.

It was discovered that the back of the maps carried different advertisements and eventually we found there was no less than 32 different backs.

When folded it is divided up into 24 panels of information or advertising matter with pictures, which I have named A to X, see table below. Some panels are joined to make a double width panel, and in some cases four panels are joined, to make an even larger display.

Layout and letters allocated to each panel on the back of the map.

No alteration has been recorded in the contents of panels A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, O, P, Q, R, W and X, and these are listed just in case you do find anything different.

Panel Text

A. Picture and text on Canada.

B & C. Five pictures and text on West Africa, East Africa, Bermuda, West Indies and British Guiana.

D & E. Picture and text on British Government Pavilion.

F & G. Five pictures and text on Burma, Malaya, Palestine & Cyprus, Ceylon and Hong Kong.

H. Picture and text on Australia.

J. Front of map when folded.

O. Picture and text on Newfoundland.

P. Picture and text on New Zealand.

Q. Picture and text on South Africa.

R. Picture and text on Palace of Engineering.

W. Picture and text on the Palace of Industry.

X. Picture and text on India.

Panels K, L, M, and N are known in two types, headed British Empire Exhibition, the first type consists of paragraphs titled ‘Variety and Colour’, ‘Monster Military Tattoos’, ‘Fellowship of Empire’ and ‘The Great Home Coming’, this is listed as ‘F. of E.’ In the second type with the same heading the paragraphs are now titled ‘Variety and Colour’, ‘The Tomb of Tut’. ‘Monster Military Tattoos’, and ‘An Empire Parliament’, this is listed as ‘Tut.’

Panels that seem to be altered with each map are I, K, L, M, N, S, T, U and V. These are listed in a condensed form in the index and more fully in the main listing.

Since those articles five years ago two more maps have turned up. I will only list those panels that are known to alter, I, K, L, M, N, S, T, U and V. If any member wants a complete listing of the 1924 Wembley maps, please let me know and I will send you a copy.

Contents of different panels on Map number 33

I. Advert for British industries Fair 1924. Without printers reference number. 7 mm between box and ‘For fuller etc.’ seven lines of text measures 33 mm deep.

K, L, M & N Picture of the Imperial Stadium and text on the British Empire Exhibition. The headings of the paragraphs are, Variety and Colour, The Tomb of Tut, Monster Military Tattoos, and An Empire Parliament.

S. Advert for the special arrangements made by the London Midland and Scottish Railway with costs of tickets.

T & U. Advert with map and text by the London Midland and Scottish Railway.

V. Advert with text for organisers of parties.

Contents of different panels on Map number 34

I. Advert for John Moir & Son Limited. L274/111op. With the complements of.

K, L, M & N Picture of the Imperial Stadium and text on the British Empire Exhibition. The headings of the paragraphs are, Variety and Colour, Monster Military Tattoos, A Fellowship of Empire and The Great Home-coming.

S. How the Exhibition began - Primary Purposes - A Co-operative Effort.

T, & U. All the World will be at Wembley, Fifteen miles of Exhibition. Birds eye view of the grounds (as Fleetway post card No. 31).

V. Art of the Empire - The Two Georgians - Short Time Exhibits.

Abreviated up to date list of Map types.

Contents of panel Contents of Contents of

I panels panels

K, L, M & N S, T, U & V

Beldams Pilot. L 274 72 op F. of E. How the Exhibition began Map No. 20

Blank without any printing F. of E. Clyde Shipping Map No. 11

British Industries Fair ? Electrical Industries Map No. 16

British Industries Fair F. of E. How the Exhibition began &

Dean & Dawson Map No. 12

British Industries Fair Tut Blank without any printing Map No. 23

British Industries Fair Tut Canadian Pacific Railway Map No. 21

British Industries Fair Tut Downs Coulter & Co. Map No. 28

British Industries Fair Tut G. W. R. Map No. 2

British Industries Fair Tut Gold Coast Building Map No. 29

British Industries Fair Tut How the Exhibition began Map No. 15

British Industries Fair Tut L. N. E. R Map No. 22

British Industries Fair Tut Lloyds Bank (Goffin) Map No. 4

British Industries Fair Tut Polytechnic Tours Map No. 7

British Industries Fair Tut South Wales Evening Express &

Western Mail Map No. 3

British Industries Fair Tut Staverley Iron & Coal Co. Map No. 30

British Industries Fair Tut . How the Exhibition began Map No. 10

British Industries Fair Tut. Metro Map No. 25

British Industries Fair & Eastman’s Tut How the Exhibition began Map No. 17

British Industries Fair & Thomas Cook Tut How the Exhibition began Map No. 13

British Industries Fair (Plus two lines) Tut Lloyds Bank (Not Goffin) Map No. 26

British Industries Fair P 129/b 7 mm. F. of E. Metro Map No. 1

British Industries Fair P 129/b F. of E. Lloyds Bank (? artist) Map No. 18

Drewery Car Co L 274 op F. of E. How the Exhibition began Map No. 14

L. M. & S. R. F. of E. L. M. & S. R. Map No. 24

L. M. & S. R. Tut L. M. & S. R. Map No. 33

L. N. E. R. F. of E. L. N. E. R. Map No. 19

Londons Underground F. of E. Under.... Train, Bus or Tram Map No. 5

Mallinson F. of E. How the Exhibition began Map No. 6

John Moir & Son Ltd. L274/111op F. of E. How the Exhibition began Map No. 34

Siemans F. of E. Siemans Map No. 8

Stevens & Williams Stand F. of E. How the Exhibition began Map No. 31

Toegansprijs (Printed in Dutch) Tut How the Exhibition began Map No. 32

Travel by Metro F. of E. Metro Map No. 27

Walpamur F. of E. How the Exhibition began Map No. 9

Exhibition Study Group 2003

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