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Tobacco - Expo Brussels 1958

Tobacco at the Exhibition Expo Brussels 1958
© Expo58
Architect(s) : M. Gérard

This pavilion, with its metal frame delimiting solid or glazed walls, was essentially functional in its architecture.

The facades overlooked a wide outside passage where you could see some tobacco plants being grown and where an information desk had been set up for you.

The route indicated for your visit bypassed a real small open factory, informing you about the usual means of production.

Highly precise prototype machines were equipped with control devices to guarantee the quality and perfect packaging of the finished products. The machines produced cigars and cigarettes from the tobacco leaf at an impressive speed, ready for consumption.

Various motifs, both decorative and documentary, completed this demonstration: A large fresco illustrated the theme "Man and Tobacco". A large fresco illustrated the theme "Man and Tobacco", allowing you to situate tobacco in relation to the producer and consumer by evoking, on the one hand, the improvement of working conditions in the production sectors and, on the other hand, the improvement of the products.

Light boxes showed photographic documents that informed you about the history of each of the international tobacco species, about the cultivation and transport of tobacco, about the Belgian industry and its economic and artistic repercussions.

You could then admire an important collection of pipes from all over the world, displayed in glass cases.

Some of them date back to the 15th century.

You will end your visit in the exhibitors' room, where all the Belgian producers of tobacco, cigarettes, cigarillos and cigars were gathered.

© Guide Officiel Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles 1958 - Desclée & Co