Shopping seems both a frivolous preoccupation in late 2020 and a totally appropriate topic to be thinking about when so many people around the world find even the most basic of shopping trips difficult to complete. Here in New Zealand, we are so fortunate to be able to work and shop almost normally at the moment. The Imagining Arabia Summer Scholar, Katy White, has been researching shopping in New Zealand's department stores in the interwar years looking at the influence of 'Egyptomania' on some of New Zealand's largest stores. We would like to thank the enormously helpful staff at National Library of New Zealand for their assistance in this project.
Katy's findings have not been what we expected! Read on...
Egyptomania in New Zealand Department Stores between the Wars - part I