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1950s Australian Vogue magazine: interiors

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The Australian edition of Vogue magazine started in 1956 as a quarterly supplement to British Vogue. And it contains some gems! There used to be quite a bit of interior decorating and sewing advertising and articles until Vogue Living came out in the early 80s. Here are some pictures from the first two years, of [...]

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Australian 1950s interior

This is from an advertising booklet for a paint company. It features what you might call the Australian version of “mid-century modest“, those post-war red brick or weatherboard homes that have an unfortunate tendency these days to be demolished and have an unpleasant McMansion replace them. Herre’s a sitting room with the ever-popular Venetian blinds, [...]

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Recent op shop finds

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I’ve bought heaps of glassware, which I’ll photograph later, but these are some of my favourites from the past few weeks: Found at Salvos in Fyshwick, a Danish-style mid-century modern chest of drawers. It’s got solid teak trim and handles, and an unusual plywood veneer. One of the drawers is stamped inside with “Gainsborough” and [...]

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Canberra, 1955: Home Beautiful special feature

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In my large pile of vintage home and fashion magazines, which I am slowly scanning my way through, there is this: A March 1955 special feature on Canberra. Canberra was a relatively new city, and after WWII, modern architecture sprang up everywhere alongside the original Californian bungalows and (almost Arts and Crafts) cottages. There are [...]

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Clement Meadmore furniture

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I went searching for lamps like the one in the advertisement in the previous post, and found this: in an online catalogue from Shapiro Auctioneers. The description suggests it’s likely to have been designed by Clement Meadmore, a famous Australian-American sculptor, who was designing furniture in the early 1950s. You may have seen his sculpture [...]

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