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Diorama: "Zinc Mine: Mine Inspection"

U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Exhibits (?)1936

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

This original diorama is partially-mechanized with a single 205-watt motor. It was constructed--most likely by the Department of the Interior's Office of Exhibits--in 1936 at a cost of $1,600 for the federal displays at the Greater Texas and Pan-American Exposition in Dallas, Texas, (June 12-October 31, 1937) and eventually remitted for display at the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum. The diorama depicts a subterranean lead-zinc mine in the Tri-State District of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri with government inspectors at work testing for gas leaks.

At the left of the scene, a man is standing in left profile and reaching up onto the mine wall. To his right, another man is kneeling on the mine floor. A third man is riding aboard a small cart along a narrow gauge track, ahead of which are four rolling containers of zinc or lead. In the central, recessed portion of the diorama are more rolling containers, two men and a burro.

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  • Title: Diorama: "Zinc Mine: Mine Inspection"
  • Creator: U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Exhibits (?)
  • Date Created: 1936
  • Physical Dimensions: Approximately H 52, W 75, D 44 inches
  • Provenance: INTR 07377, U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Subject Keywords: zinc, mine, inspection, ore, U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, lead, safety, Geological Survey, Kansas
  • Type: Diorama
  • Rights: U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Medium: wax, sand, paint, metal, plaster

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