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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mrs Sprott advertised this crystal ball for sale in the 1960s for $32,000.00


The Brisbane Courier Mail first took her classified advert, then created a piece in the paper - "Rare or Loaded" then followed up with a further article - "Rolling riches, its no dice".
This object, in the box and associated clippings was offered on Instagram by @turnofthecenturyantiques for $20.00 I was tipped off about it by Vanessa Roche who already knew that I had three others . . . my first one is also with its box and instructions and marked for sale for 5 Australian pence. The two other cast glass balls came to me sans packaging.
I hope you enjoy this urban archaeology as much as I have?



Friday, November 17, 2017

My (found) 'pinks' folders have reached 778 multiply that by x11 images in each folder = 8,558 items so far


(above) is the latest . . . art directors have a lot to answer for, sexualising the colour pink

Monday, October 23, 2017

Every Queen in Sydney has been documented by Rabbit but there are a few who didn't make his new visual treat - Glitterati, just published

"Robert's photos evoke memories of freedom, hedonism and madness. Photos can make sense of the past or force you to remember difficult times with renewed fondness. In this 'selfie' age I worry we won't ever see these kinds of photos in the future because they have a particular resonance. Such photos are of course about being there and Robert was there." - Boy George

So Jean-Pierre tells me that a few are freaked out that they didn't make it - the truth is that art directors have only so many pages to fill. If we work to 16 page forms and a set number of pages there are only so many pics to fit into the book . . . Robert supplied many more head shots but the publisher's specifications sealed their fate.

I've snapped a few friends but see that I've missed many many more, including Peter Tully & Simon Reptile . . .

Click to purchase here 






Purchased last weekend in Sydney from Alan Landis



An early Victorian 'alphabet plate' (with an O and and X) and boys playing marbles, in fact it looks like they are playing a game of 'poison' - deadly as you can win big and also loose many marbles with one stroke . . .

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.