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Thrifty Thursday Goodies

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 by Susannah

November Thrifting

I’ve been having fun op-shopping lately and discovered many little treasures aside from the usual stash of clothes and toys for the girls. Click below for a closer look!

top row:
Australian Native Flower Press
(Dynamo House Melbourne). I have been meaning to get a new one for a while. This is brand new and a decent size! I think Eloise will be out the front looking for four leaf clovers to press very soon; five rolls of Florist ribbon in pinks (perfect for decorating all the fairy themed birthdays coming up!). I like the type ‘Magenta’ on the reel in the photo…there is another one that says ‘Dusty Rose’; Ikecho Japanese Dancing Clown music box. He dances to the ‘French Can Can’!!

middle row:
Silver brooch
a little pixie ceramic ornament. Looks very fifties and he’s small and sweet; six different vintage Selex decals. Love them and too scared to use them in case they don’t work!

bottom row:
1982 Muppets/Sesame Street ceramic mug. This ‘Winter’ mug matches an ‘Autumn’ one I have that must have been from the same series; gorgeous wooden tree puzzle; bisque porcelain Holly Hobbie pin cushion “What’s sewn with love lasts forever”

Take to the sky

Monday, November 16th, 2009 by Susannah

Prop Studio Plane Setting 2

Prop Studio Plane Setting 1

I have posted one of these studio/prop aeroplane photographs before {over here}. I am strangely drawn to them, perhaps because some look so peculiar? There’s something very bizarre and disconcerting about some of them.

Is it the proportion and warped scale? Or is it setups and strange anomalies like the spooky bodiless boy gripping on for dear life with his lone hand (left)…or could it be the expression on their faces? Don’t they look like they’re having a great time in the photo below? I am sure they are supposed to be having fun!

Unfortunately these images don’t have a great deal of information on the back. The one at the top was taken in 1928 and the one to the left was taken at the Spence Lees Studios, Laxey. And that’s unfortunately all I know about them. I wish I knew where they were all taken, was it at a studio, a portable studio at a funfair, on a pier, who are the people, what were they doing? Why did they decide to have their picture in the faux plane? It’s all a bit of a mystery really!

Prop Studio Plane Setting 3

Aggie and Marie on the moon

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 by Susannah

Aggie and Marrie on the Moon

I love the messages on the back of these mother/daughter paper moon postcards:
from Marie – “I thought I would take a trip with my mother to the moon…”
from Aggie – “I have always been light headed but I got to the moon at last…”

Aggie and Marrie (reverse)

More studio photos using props and faux setups to come this week!
(and look! Halfway through…fifteen posts in fifteen days! Mum’s enjoying it haha!)

Dark Angel

Saturday, November 14th, 2009 by Susannah

WeeklyGem20 - Dark Angel

Featured Gem 20
Real Photo Postcard
‘Dark Angel’

Date: Unknown
People pictured: Unknown
Studio: Harrison Imperial Studio Pendle St, Nelson
Postcard Back: blank/unused

Notes: Who are these girls dressed as? Possibly religious, based on mythology, seasonal? A play, a dance? The girl in the middle with the wings looks very striking in her costume. Here is a closeup .

Eloise on the moon

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 by Susannah

Eloise on the Moon - Melbourne Museum 2009

I’ve got a few Paper Moon and ‘prop photo’ posts to come over the next couple of weeks. I’ve been gathering quite a collection. Unfortunately I’m a bit snowed under with a pressing work deadline this week, so in the meantime, if anyone is in Melbourne and looking for something to do, go and take your own Paper Moon photograph at the Museum and ride the roller coaster (and beat the heat at the same time – BONUS!). They have a Paper Moon set up in the Melbourne Gallery as part of the display on Luna Park. Eloise wasn’t very obliging when we were last there, so I am itching to go back! My heart skipped a beat when I first discovered it. Oh how I love the Melbourne Gallery, I could spend hours in there (although Eloise isn’t too keen on the ‘spooky house’). What I would give to have an original Coles Book Arcade ‘tin egg’! I think I definitely have my Dad to thank for my appreciation of Australian history.

More to come…

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