Olde Edwardian Style – c.1910.

During the 1910s the Edwardians became more playful and innovative, taking an interest in asymmetrical draping techniques. Corsets and bodices were now solely for supporting the shape as opposed to changing it. Suits were fashionable for daywear and walking became easier due to a really big fashion happening – the skirt hemline rose from the […]

Old Guv Cricket Club, Part II.

One local trip, Bob Parker volunteered to play his piano accordion. Poor bloke got booed off both buses and never volunteered his services again. Wayne Vitnell on his first and only cricket trip, got on the bus bragging how he could outdrink everyone. He was pissed by Bordertown and spent the whole trip, sick as […]

Old Guv Cricket Club, Part I.

The Cricket Club was a major institution of the Printing Office. It began in 1951 and continued for nearly fifty years before our final visit to Melbourne in 1997. The main organisers over the years were Jack Findlay, Ron Hamence, Les Hawes, Ted Burkert, Bob Allen and Bruce Brown. The Victorian GPO first visited us […]

‘The Gibson Girls’ & Fashion in the early 1900s.

At the turn of the twentieth century, it was all about Evelyn, Camille, and Irene, the original “Gibson Girls” and the models for the drawings that changed the way America thought about women. Though the 1890s may seem buttoned up by modern standards, they were anything but. Independent, well-read, and urbane, a new class of […]

Truly Terrible Book Covers.

We might want to revise that age-old saying about judging books by their covers. The TerribleBookCovers subreddit has a few recommendations for you. Highlighting the best of the worst in book design, title choice and overall presentation, the subreddit features a stunning collection of bad photoshop, creepy models and — err — niche hobbies. From […]

The London Guide to Cheats and Swindlers, 1819.

A comprehensive guide to help the unwitting visitor avoid falling victim to the various and nefarious crimes abound in early 19th-century London. Written by “a gentleman who has made the police of the metropolis an object of enquiry for twenty-two years”, the book is split into six main chapters: “Out Door Delinquencies”, “Inn Door Tricks”, […]

‘Untitled’.

Desperate, tender, doomed—Beksinski’s couple are heartbreaking. Untitled In one of the most directly affecting pieces on this list, Zdizslaw Beksinski presents the charred and skeletal forms of a couple clinging to one another in the aftermath of some disaster. The red and orange palette suggests some form of fiery destruction, whether nuclear or solar, and […]

The Sarah Family Pastie.

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 them. Two great […]

Buxton Street, East London by Meggs.

Los Angeles based Australian artist, David “Meggs” Hooke was in London to present an exhibition titled ‘Rise & Fall’ the new body of work from the artist follows on from his residency and sold-out show at Inner State Gallery in Detroit where he painted his largest mural to date at over 6,000 square feet. To […]

Colourful Masks at Indigenous Festival.

Indigenous children dress in traditional outfits in preparation for the Rey Curré festival. Courtesy The Culture Ministry The moment tourists arrive at a Costa Rican airport, they see artifacts of the Boruca people: elaborately painted balsawood masks hang in the souvenir shops, sculpted like monsters, jaguars, and playful demons. Travelers stop, lean into the masks, […]