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Victorian England made the strongest locks in the world—until an American showed up and promised he could pick them.

Victorian England made the strongest locks in the world—until an American showed up and promised he could pick them.

Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, in 1851.

Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, in 1851.

Nearly 100 years ago, a Boston neighbourhood was swamped by a tidal wave of molasses. Veronique Greenwood looks at a design defect that created a bizarre – and deadly – flood.

The killer flood made of molasses

Nearly 100 years ago, a Boston neighbourhood was swamped by a tidal wave of molasses. Veronique Greenwood looks at a design defect that created a bizarre – and deadly – flood.

Sir Joseph Paxton started as a garden boy, and built his first greenhouses for the Duke of Devonshire. In 1851, Paxton's astonishing Crystal Palace housed the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (brainchild of Prince Albert, and one of the few things for which he was appreciated in his lifetime).   AD Classics: The Crystal Palace / Joseph Paxton

Gallery of AD Classics: The Crystal Palace / Joseph Paxton - 2

Sir Joseph Paxton started as a garden boy, and built his first greenhouses for the Duke of Devonshire. In 1851, Paxton's astonishing Crystal Palace housed the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations (brainchild of Prince Albert, and one of the few things for which he was appreciated in his lifetime). AD Classics: The Crystal Palace / Joseph Paxton

Interior Design - The interiors here show how the typical set up was. Iron beams were on the rise and manly lines were straight (vertical or horizontal).

Interior Design - The interiors here show how the typical set up was. Iron beams were on the rise and manly lines were straight (vertical or horizontal).

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