Thursday, January 29, 2009

Long Beach 1928: Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand Building.....

The Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and New Zealand Building was located at the west end of the Pacific Southwest Exposition's Avenue of Nations, adjacent to the Czechoslovakia Building. The building was designed in a country-style, reminiscent of Northern Europe, featuring a rounded tower and steep shingled-roofs. Each of the five countries represented in the building contributed exhibits of either a commercial or cultural nature. Denmark displayed fine examples of tapestries, embroidery, china, furniture, linens, and works of art; while Holland, along with her colonies, exhibited bulbs and seeds, traditional wooden shoes, spices, tea, sugar, tobacco, tin, and oils. The Norway display consisted of many historical items, such as drinking horns and bowls, woven bedspreads, draperies, traditional costumes, Nordic boots, wooden tableware, copper kettles, and oil-paintings. Sweden was represented by a small cultural exhibit; and New Zealand displayed photographs of its many scenic wonders and sporting facilities.

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