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New Zealand display at the New York World's Fair, 1939–40

New Zealand display at the New York World's Fair, 1939–40

These miniature dioramas of scenic New Zealand landscapes were shown in the New Zealand part of the British pavilion at the New York World's Fair. The official guide to the pavilion described them: 'In miniature are presented hot lakes set in tropical verdure, glaciers that travel down mile-high mountain-sides, underground caverns illuminated by myriads of glow-worms, and fiords running miles inland and flanked by forest-covered precipices.' On the entrance wall can also be seen a poster promoting New Zealand's centennial.

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Jock Phillips, 'Exhibitions and world’s fairs - International exhibitions, 1900 to 1950', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/45438/new-zealand-display-at-the-new-york-worlds-fair-1939-40 (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014