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'Elementary Algebra' by J. R. Wilson, 1928, 18 x 12 cm. To be donated to State Library of Victoria.
'Five Miles from Gundagi' from 'The Aussie Shower Songbook', reprint 2000, 17 X 14 cm. Collection of Martin B.
Sheet music, 5 Australian carols, cover extract, Bede
Paradise Gold, sticky label on a pineapple, 6 x 5.5. cm, 2014. Collection of Mandy B.
New Generation Shell passport, 15 x 10.5 cm, Blue cover, interior on green paper, 16 pages, circa 1960. Collection of Mandy B.

From the postie – Christmas cards

'Season's greetings' with koala, emu, echidna and kangaroo, printed for the Red Cross by Bay Series, 20 x 11.5 cm. Circa 1990s.

Postman has been again

 WHEN YOU WANT AN AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS CARD, WE LOOK TO  ANIMALS AND SUN TO DEMONSTRATE PLACE OF ORIGIN. Here are some more cards from the last two decades that take up these themes. The illustration is by Marg Towt  and dated 1991. At the time, Towt … [Read more...]

'Strike: Xmas invaders', concept by James McGrath, needle point by Diana Cummings, produced by Cozzolino Ellett, 17.5 x 11.5 cm, 1983.

More Christmas mail

WHILE STILL THINKING LONGINGLY OF LAST YEAR'S POST ABOUT SOME GORGEOUS COLONIAL CARDS, here are some more Australia designed cards from the last 3 decades. These cards are about Father Christmas and presents Here is a card that we have never been … [Read more...]

What we collect -food packaging, fruit boxes, badges, pop up books, blotters, badges, footy, postcards, letterhead, paper bags..

[Instant non fat skim milk powder], packaging, 1977. Collection of Ian B.

WE HAVE TEMPORARY OWNERSHIP OF 3 BOXES OF SMALL DIARIES KEPT BY A MELBOURNE BUSINESS MAN. We have been searching them unsystematically. We would like to do them more justice one day looking at them … [Read more...]

Bookplate of Queen Victoria.

WHAT ABOUT RECOGNISING EARLY COLLECTORS? HERE IS A MAN WITH A STORY SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR TO MODERN COLLECTORS. William Bednall was a printer, newspaper man and collector of many types of things including … [Read more...]

What’s on? What’s happening?

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ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT CAME OUT OF THE LINDT CAFE KILLINGS WAS THE RISE OF THE 'I'LL RIDE WITH YOU'  OFFER MADE TO PEOPLE TRAVELLING ON BUS 373 FROM COOGEE TO MARTIN PLACE. We note this offer (an ephemeral rather than concrete piece of … [Read more...]

tv show 4

  ANTIQUES WITH ATTITUDE IS AN AUSTRALIAN TV PROGRAMME ABOUT COLLECTING - its on channel 31, starting on 3 December at 6.30 pm and it runs for 13 weeks. The press release advises:   ....What can we expect? - Stories of passionate … [Read more...]