Australia in the #40s and #50s

Australian Souvenirware,
made in Czechoslovakia, England, Australia 1940-50s

A selection of hand-coloured, photographic transfer prints of various Australian cities and landmarks made in the 40s and 50s. What a great wall feature they’d make!

Featured herein are beaches, streets, bridge and bridge approaches and traffic bridges, parks, clocks, landmarks, harbours, town halls, parliament houses and rivers [and I quote] :

  • Harbour Beach, Manly
  • Prince Street, Grafton
  • Belmont, Lake Macquarie
  • Bridge Approach, Shoalhaven River from Showground, Nowra
  • Bridge, Shoalhaven River, Nowra
  • Traffic Bridge, Macksville
  • Machattie Park, Bathurst
  • Dr Evershed Memorial Clock, Bega NSW
  • Bottle Rock, Coonabarabran
  • Ulladulla Harbour, NSW
  • Town Hall, Rockhampton QLD
  • Perth, WA
  • Parliament House, Canberra
  • Murray River, Corowa.

Makers are all noted on the backstamps: Victoria, IBC, Royal Grafton Bone China, Royal Stafford Bone China, Westminster China [the last, weirdly from Australia.]

All fifteen plates are in great vintage condition and provide a snapshot of important landmarks in Australia, as judged by tourists in the 40s and 50s. Or – as I mentioned – massed together they would make a fantastic wall feature.

The souvenirware plates are for sale: $AU120

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Coasters! 70s coasters!

70s coastersI do love a good coaster. A pictorial coaster. A kitschy pictorial coaster. Something to laugh about before you place your cold bevvy on it- to protect the furniture.  And so for you today_ Canberra [always a funny subject] and Wildflowers of Australia.

The set of six [never been used] metal coasters depict Parliament House Canberra- which is now Old Parliament House having been superseded by Giurgola’s New Parliament House in 1988. But in the 70s it was still plain old Parliament House and Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister [1972-75] and all was right with the world.

The other set of 6 coasters [new and never been out of the plastic sleeve] have photographic images of Australian Wildflowers – as noted by the gold embossed captions. These, being intended as souvenirware- didn’t provide any more botanical detail- so it seems a few non-Australian plants have snuck in [tulips anyone?] Plus they have the super-realism that only wildly touched-up photos can have.

The two sets of coasters are for sale: $AUD35

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