Pool of international friendship

In 1964 New Zealand beauty queen, Helen Iggo, travelled to California to participate in the Miss International Beauty Pageant. Before she left, Iggo was presented with a ceramic gourd made by Crown Lynn full of water from Lake Taupo.

Helen Iggo being presented with ceramic gourd, 1964

Miss Helen Iggo, Miss Canterbury 1964, who also placed second in the Miss New Zealand contest, is pictured here at the Crown Lynn factory being presented with a ceramic gourd before she flies off to California to take place in the Miss International beauty pageant.

The gourd travelled with Iggo and was used as part of a ‘special ceremony at which girls from each country represented will pour water brought from their homeland into the pool of international friendship.’*

The gourd was filled with ‘Lake Taupo water, ice cold and 99.7 percent pure.’**

Iggo made it into the semi-finals in California. Gemma Cruz from the Phillipines was crowned the winner of the pageant.

The ceramic gourd made by Crown Lynn, was hand thrown by Daniel Steenstra, and decorated by Head of Design David Jenkins.  The coffee set was made to be presented to the mayor of Long Beach, California.

Helen Iggo with ceramic gourd made by Crown Lynn, 1964Helen Iggo and Crown Lynn worker holding tea cup, 1964

Top: Helen Iggo with the ceramic gourd. 1964.

Bottom: Helen Iggo looking at the coffee set with unidentified Crown Lynn employee. 1964.

These photographs are from the Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn archive.

 

*Christchurch Press, 6 August 1964, Crown Lynn Archive, Auckland Museum MS-98-34

** Taupo Times, 6 August 1964, Crown Lynn Archive, Auckland Museum MS-98-34