A Pictorial History of Santa Claus – 1865.

1863: Detail from Thomas Nast’s illustration ‘A Christmas Furlough’ for the front page of a 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly. Obviously crafted for the Union side of the American Civil War Conflict.
As time went by, more and more was added to the Santa Claus legend.
The cartoonist Thomas Nast established the bounds for Santa Claus’ current look with an initial illustration in an 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly, as part of a large illustration titled “A Christmas Furlough”.
In later Nast drawings a home at the North Pole was added, as was the workshop for building toys and a large book filled with the names of children who had been naughty or nice.
via A Pictorial History of Santa Claus – The Public Domain Review

‘Treadleys’ (Pushbikes) in Australia.


Pretty untidy lot we were.
Just put the old tredley (or “treadly“) anywhere along the kerb while we go in and watch some American B Grade Movie at the local cinema..
But we didn’t lock our bikes back then, did we?
We actually cared and looked out for each other.


And some Aussies depended on their pushbike to pursue a livelihood like shearing.


In Adelaide the Toffs had the opportunity to purchase a Three Speed Bike. Bloody Toffs.
These two pipe smoking chums admire the magnificent cycle.
But hang on is the bloke on the right attempting to urinate on his chum or his bike. We will never know.
Please Note; Everyone died  (eventually) after this ad was published.

Rob Powell made a m-m-m-Mistake.

In this year of our Covid misery our friend Rob Powell has finally given all of us all a chance to have a chuckle at his expense.
What did Rob do? And what did the long suffering Wendy say?
Rob Powell worked in Jobbing at Netley in the 1970s before leaving with wife Wendy to work in Darwin and Canberra.
Remember how we cancelled our Legends Luncheon on 27 Nov. due to the Para Hills covid cluster.
Well, Rob fronted up to a deserted Westies with Wendy in tow. They waited and waited and finally left.
Wendy was angry and kept repeating “Why didn’t you ring Rod?” “I was frightened and feel such a clown” was the reply.
Alex the Toff thought it was hilarious while quickly estimating how much the Powells had wasted on petrol. A true story.

Vintage Pics of Hollywood Stars Greeting New Year.

Stunning Black and White Photos Show American Actresses Greeting the New Year in the Past.
Here are just some of the stunning vintage photos of the ladies:
American Actresses Greeting New Year in the Past (1)
Alice Faye
American Actresses Greeting New Year in the Past (4)
Ann Miller
American Actresses Greeting New Year in the Past (11)
Donna Reed
American Actresses Greeting New Year in the Past (32)
Shirley Temple
See more great Images via vintage everyday: Stunning Black and White Photos Show How American Actresses Greeting New Year in the Past

Pacific Storm Hits Huntington Beach.

California Storms
A man struggles to keep his balance against gusty wind and heavy rain as he walks along a wet pier in Huntington Beach, California.
A major Pacific storm has unleashed downpours and fierce gusts on Southern California, triggering flash flood warnings and other problems.
Image Credit: Photograph by AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
See more terrific images via Photos of the day — AP Images Spotlight

Legend Rob Powell.

Photo: Rob and Wendy Powell. Rob Powell was born at Semaphore on 2 January,1943 to parents Horrie and Del Powell. Horrie who was a required worker during WWII played footy at full back for West Adelaide and South Australia and was a life member of the SANFL.
Rob attended Grange Primary School, Findon High School and the Printing Trades School. His first print office was Bowden Printing. After Bowden’s he moved to Mitchell Press in the City and then to Bird Printers at Port Adelaide.
In 1966, Rob, along with his three brothers went to Darwin and he spent the next four years at the N.T. Government Printing Office. Arriving back in Adelaide he had a short time at Robinson’s before being interviewed by George Sparnon for a Jobbing position at the Guv.
At Netley, Rob worked in Jobbing, Monotype Keyboard and the Reading Room and like many others before him was told to “slow down” by the Comp Room Mafia.
He managed to get involved with the Office Association and the Social Club. He organised a very weird train trip to the Barossa Valley, but had much more success with the Kids Christmas parties, Netley Cabarets and Office Picnics.
Rob and an unknown person took up bootlegging with Hamilton Winery and they passed off White Diamond Rum as Bacardi at the Guv Cabarets.
In fitter days he played amateur footy for Henley Footy Club where he was known as “Gus” and umpired in Adelaide and Darwin.
Rob and Wendy have two children, Jayne in Cairns and Ben in Canberra. After ten years at the Guv he and Wendy had a brief stint in Darwin and then 20 enjoyable years in Canberra with Rob working in Government Publications.
Rob and Wendy have been back in Adelaide for quite some time and like most rich people have had some enjoyable world cruises.
In Canberra, Wendy (who was an important public servant in Canberra) had a moment of horror when she was pushed into shaking the hand of the then Prime Minister little Johnnie Howard. Sadly, a True Story.
Rob Powell you are indeed an Old Guv Legend.

“Rooted” Aussie Bad Language.

Author: Amanda Laugesen

Bugger, rooted, bloody oath…What is it about Australians and swearing?

We’ve got an international reputation for using bad language (Where the bloody hell are ya?) and letting rip with a choice swear word or two has long been a very Aussie thing to do.

From the defiant curses of the convicts and bullock drivers to the humour of Kath and Kim, Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of Australia’s bad language to reveal our preoccupations and our concerns.
Bad language has been used in all sort of ways in our history: to defy authority, as a form of liberation and subversion, and as a source of humour and creativity.
Bad language has also been used to oppress and punish those who have been denied a claim to using it, notably Indigenous Australians and women. It has also long been subject to various forms of censorship.
‘If you’ve ever wondered why to use bad language in Australia is to ‘swear like a bullocky’, Amanda Laugesen’s Rooted will give you the answer.
Taking us on a colourful tour of more than two centuries of bad language that extends from the mildly offensive to the completely filthy, Laugesen tells the story of Australia through those words and phrases that have often been seen as unfit to print.
This is an engrossing social history – a bloody beauty – from one of our leading experts on Australian English.’ — Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, The Australian National University Price $32.99(AUD.

Olde Christmas Cards.


Anthropomorphic birds and animals were another popular theme, as seen in this Christmas Reversed scene, where raw dinner ingredients get in a party mood.
Sending Christmas cards was a habit popularised by the Victorians, helped by the introduction, in 1840, of a uniform penny post.England’s first commercial Christmas card was printed in 1843, and is in the Laura Seddon collection at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Here, is a selection from its archive.
Showing that there’s little new about the tactics of trick-or-treaters, a group of festive musicians make their presence known, and demand beer.
This classic card was designed by the children’s book illustrator Walter Crane, a prominent member of the Arts and Crafts movement.
All Photographs: Ade Hunter/Manchester Metropolitan University
See more Images via Compliments of the season … Victorian Christmas cards – in pictures | Life and style | The Guardian.

Papercraft Animals.


Papercraft animals resembling low polygon vector illustrations.
Estudio Guardabosques are Carolina Silvero and Juan Elizalde, a couple from Buenos Aires, Argentina who likes to draw and make things with paper, specially if it involves nature.
See more Images via Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog: Paper Mammals by Estudio Guardabosques.

Have a Good and Safe Christmas

Well a big thank You to The Toff and Mr Grubby…

How pray tell did two such popular blokes get those ridiculous nicknames?

The Toff is easy, he claims he is descended from British aristocracy and as an apprentice showed contempt for the other apprentices.

He tried countless times to get out of work that he thought was below him. Quite well off, drives a Jaguar and uses driving gloves and wears a top hat.

Mr Grubby’s nickname and how he got it are just so monstrous that even I do not quite understand it. But, I believe it occurred during morning tea in the comp room some years ago and was a practical joke that went astray. However the nickname “Grubby” suggests there was filth involved.

Let’s move on… we have tried on two occasions to organise a Get Together and both times been beaten by Covid-19.

Alex Riley will not give up. He has made a temporary booking at Westies in March, 2021.

More information to come and let’s hope we can finally enjoy each other’s Company.

Keep Safe this Christmas…. Derwombat.