Story: Economic history

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During the 20 years after the Second World War good prices for New Zealand’s agricultural exports helped sustain a boom which led to low unemployment and considerable investment in housing and consumer goods. In this advertisement from the mid-1950s a loving wife thanks her husband for putting on a new Laminex covering in the kitchen ‘for her’, at least partly because skilled workers to carry out such tasks were in high demand and short supply.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-DECOR-1955-01

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Great boom, 1935–1966', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010