London | 1940 | Sound | B/W
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Engraving of Crystal Palace in 1851.
Early 1930's stock shots of external Crystal Palace and general views. Sign says "North Tower, open daily 700 ft above the River Thames". The tower and view from the top.
November 30th 1936, fire - the collapse of the major part of the roof during the fire. Sections fall. The tower. Man uses oxy-acetylene torch without goggles to cut through cast iron girders. Men place 220 pounds charge of dynamite. Man raises flag and drops it. Charging up the detonator. The tower is blown up and it falls. Workmen pick through ruins for the scrap metal. Repeat of the tower explosion in slow motion.
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