National Geographic : 1949 Nov
© National Geographic Society 603 Kolachromes by W. Robert Moore Hawaii Exports Beauty and Fragrance by Air. Flower Express Is a Million-dollar Business At Honolulu Airport (below), where San Francisco is only 12 freight hours away and New York 36, a girl packs the showy heads of torch ginger in cellophane preservers. Its stalk grows 3 to 6 feet high and, together with the waxen cone, suggests a formalized torch. Red ginger (left, above) is often called ostrich plume ginger because of a fancied resemblance to the feather. Bird of paradise (above and page 589) resembles a gorgeous bird in flight. Ten thousand air-borne Hawaiian orchids recently went on display at Rockefeller Center. New York.