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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1968 - could have been anyone's neighbour's hairstyle


Hands up who remembers Smoky Dawson?



This autographed card was a gift from Michael Allen. Smoky signed this for Fay, his Mother.
As a kid Smoky was a local cowboy hero, singer and radio entertainer. His bio is here.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Friends own these two stencils and are chasing a third one to complete their set, any clues appreciated



They need the second part of the alphabet O – Z
These are Australian made and usually found in areas of old grazing and cropping industries.

Some Tasmanian O and X found elements



Both found in Hobart, within meters of one another


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I created a show in a set of 'study drawers' at the Museum of Brisbane in 2005

In responding to the curator; Elizabeth Bates I made a powerpoint to illustrate my created texts and ephemera from my Urban_Archaeology collection, to be shown. Here is the powerpoint to download.


Monday, November 28, 2016

On its way home to Tasmania again . . .


Excited to recently purchase this Bristol Blue rolling pin that was in the collection of Bruce Allen - "a lovers' token" with shipping illustrations, one which shows the "Star of Tasmania". Obviously the twin master that the sailor sailed away to the world downunder. The other illustration show a large port unnamed. Her collected history here.

ROLLING-PINS These quaint objects are as graceless in shape as anything could possibly be, but to many people the human interest makes up for their lack of artistry. They were mostly made at Bristol and are found in considerable numbers in sailor's homes, where they were brought as lovers' gifts by seafaring men engaged in the coasting trade. The mottoes and decorations on the best are done in enamel colours and burned on after the manner of other Bristol glass of good quality, but the later and less interesting ones have a coarser decoration in oil colours lightly baked on and liable to come off in the course of wear. Others are decorated with transfers in the style of Sunderland pottery ware, which also was a favourite gift of "those that go down to the sea in ships". These examples may possibly come form a Newcastle glass-house.
Inscriptions are frequent, generally of an amatory character, either verses or trite mottoes: "Remember me, when this you see, though many miles I distant be" is a favourite. In North Wales these rolling-pins are a source of great pride to the owners, and I remember being shown six in one kitchen, which belonged to the wife of the owner of a small coasting schooner.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

One of those 1950s plastic coated photographs with the tinplate back and wire support


My sister Lyndall Marion Enright and Malcolm James Enright, she has this still on the dining room sideboard at Ipswich, Queensland. I think its a Randall Studio portrait from Brisbane.

My father - Odo Jack Enright at 93


This shot is a detail of a larger shot taken by Barbara as I gave 'Dick' a haircut one Saturday recently.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ray Norman asked me to show my ‘private’ “musing place” - there are 72 plastic bins in my studio

All containing my _urban archaeology collection of ephemera, design resource and graphic devices + my designer's library upstairs where we live. Read more here: http://nswmuseumsinquiry.blogspot.com.au