On Dec 8 Visnews visited the Smithfield Show 1958, the annual exhibition of Livestock and Agricultural Machinery at Earls Court which brings the countryside right into the heart of London.
On Dec 8 Visnews visited the Smithfield Show 1958, the annual exhibition of Livestock and Agricultural Machinery at Earls Court which brings the countryside right into the heart of London. This year a record of 1,383 animal entries - both live and carcases - are on show in the vast exhibition area together with a wide range of machinery.
The show is jointly organised by the Smithfield Club, the Agricultural Engineers' Association and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Apart from breaks during two World Wars, it has been an annual event since 1798. The Duke of Edinburgh has been its President since 1957.
There is a daily programme of judging and auctions. Champion bulls and other livestock compete for cash prizes of more than 27,000 as well as Championship Trophies. With the progressive mechanisation of the land, the 1958 Exhibition strongly emphasises the growing importance of agricultural machinery, the most up-to-date equipment - both home-made and foreign - from pigs feeders to refrigeration units and from hand sprayers to tractors and self-propelled combines.
In 1957 more than 74,000 paying visitors passed the turnstiles, joined by some 1,800 overseas visitors. A large group of the visitors each year are city-dwellers who come to see the unusual spectacle which to them is part of mother world.