Story: Shows and field days

The girl in the goldfish bowl (2nd of 3)

The girl in the goldfish bowl

Displays of freaks first appeared at world’s fairs and then spread to country shows in New Zealand in the early 1900s. The ‘six-inch high’ girl was said to have appeared first at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair before touring agricultural shows in New Zealand, probably in 1935.

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Jock Phillips, 'Shows and field days - Shows as entertainment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008