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Baby Shows' from time to time were a feature of village life in the Fifties, associated with the colonial government's efforts to reduce infant mortality and promote childcare.
[Fiji in the Forties and Fifties, pl. 42]
Book illustration, based on gelatin silver print
Private collection of Ginnie Marlow
Used with the kind permission of Ginnie Marlow and Thomson Pacific Ltd.
This photograph is included in the book "Fiji in the Forties and Fifties" Photography by Rob Wright, Text by Sir Ian Thomson, Edited by Peter Thomson (Thomson Pacific Ltd., 1994, ISBN: 0473027402)
Accompanying text in book:
"The mother is seen holding a via leaf to shelter her child from the sun's rays."