The Sarah pastie.

The Sarah pastie.

Photographer: Susie Sarah By Susie Sarah Forget about mannerisms, eye colour and preferred occupations, our most important family trait – apparently – is how we construct a Cornish pastie. The Sarah family originally lived in Probus, Cornwall, then in 1879 sailed to Australia on the Scottish Lassie as free settlers, bringing the pastie secret with … Continue reading

Elektro and Sparko.

Elektro and Sparko.

Elektro the Metal Person above was first unveiled to the public in 1939. He or she was an overnight hit. By 1940 they had decided to give Elektro a playmate and that’s where Sparko comes in. Oh, by the way the gentleman in the picture is their creator “Barney” Barnett from Westinghouse. It has been … Continue reading

Townsville ‘yarn bombed.’

Townsville ‘yarn bombed.’

Knitted people figures with tourist in Townsville’s CBD in December 2014 Photo: This is the first year the quirky trimmings have appeared in Townsville, with the decorations proving a hit with tourists. (ABC TV News) by Allyson Horn The Townsville City Council has ditched traditional Christmas decorations and instead wrapped the north Queensland city in … Continue reading

“The Garden of Allah”.

“The Garden of Allah”.

Finally, a great ‘crossover’ find from 1936. Marlene Dietrich and Charles Boyer need no introduction to film enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic, although The Garden of Allah may well have been a film that fell short of winning any awards, save and except for an honorary Academy Award for technology, as the second … Continue reading

Ramey’s Medicator.

Ramey’s Medicator.

Advertisements for Ramey’s Medicator claimed that it would overcome ‘death dealing disease.’ What most customers didn’t know, however, was that the inhaler would never have existed at all if its inventor had not survived a gruesome surgical ordeal. The Medicator was patented by Alfred H Ramey and Frank D Rollins on 3 June 1890. Its … Continue reading