Terracotta Angel, c.1896
Watts Chapel, England

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During the current revival of popularity of mazes, that has taken place since the 1970’s, two important categories of mazes, namely those constructed from mirrors and wooden fence panels, have figured prominently. Numerous examples, of both types, have been constructed at premier tourist attractions worldwide and have proved particularly popular with visitors. However, despite their apparent novelty, both of these maze forms have their commercial origins during a previous episode of enthusiasm for mazes, in this case during the late 19th century. The Labyrinthos Archive and Photo Library contains a number of old photographs and other items concerning these early examples, and a few photos of their modern counterparts.

Wooden Panel & Mirror Mazes

Mirror Maze brochure, Lucerne, Switzerland, c.1903
Labyrinthos Archive

Saturno Park, Barcelona; c.1910

Roker, England; c.1904

Old Orchard beach, ME; c.1902

Wolverhampton, England; 1902

Lucerne, Switzerland; 1889

Atlanta World Fair, GA; 1895

Constantinople, 1889

Mirror Maze plan, 1895

Chicago World Fair, IL; 1893

Merlin’s Magic Maze, England

Wookey Hole Caves, England

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Crystal Maze handbill, Philadelphia