The Perfect Playground: Childhood Memories of the Crystal Palace
Pat Scott, Alison Edwards and Eileen Pulfer

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The Crystal Palace Foundation

Much has been written by historians and researchers about the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. Now history comes alive, as ordinary people who enjoyed the building, the surrounding park, and the amusement park (which featured the famous Hiram Maxim's Flying Machine - pictured on the cover) share their memories with you.

They were children at the turn of the century and knew the Palace in its heyday. From rides on the Flying Machine to roll-ups in the shrubbery, the clarity of the child's eye brings back a vision of a fascinating past.

The story is built up from taped interviews made by the Palace Memories Group who are committed to preserving first-hand accounts of the Palace for future generations.

The book includes many unusual photographs - many published for the first time. Remind yourself, or discover for the first time, what fun it was to be young at the Crystal Palace - truly a perfect playground!

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