The Minox Riga, the first true, sub-minature spy camera that saw actual use for espionage throughout the WWII and the cold war.
Invented in 1936 by Walter Zapp, it was the first to use 8x11mm film (a little smaller than your pinky’s fingernail), making it tiny enough to hide in the palm of your hand, but powerful enough to take high resolution photographs of your enemy’s top secret documents.
If Great Grandpa used one of these he would never be able to talk about it!
Back in the 1920’s you had to keep your car looking good.
And the saddlery store had to stay in business.
From The Port Lincoln Times (South Australia) 13th April, 1928
A bit of 1930’s bling
From the Australian Women’s Weekly, 16 Sept. 1933
just before World War 1
The “Safety Razor” was all the rage
From “Punch” April 3rd, 1913
Great Grandma may not have had TV or Videos to entertain her but, in 1933, there were the new-fangled “Talkies”.
And she was not averse to the eye-candy of Gary Cooper.
(The original was black and white. I added colour to make it easier to read.)
Australian Women’s Weekly, June 10th, 1933 (Issue #1)
Long before his hair turned white and he began to use a walking stick, Great Grandpa may well have played sport.
And developed aches and pains from the overuse of muscles.
With a gratuitous pic of Hayden Bunton Snr.
Hey, didn’t we use that to free up frozen nuts as well? Before WD40?
Argus Magazine – Lets Look at Footy 1953 p12
From State Library, Victoria
Mixing Rum and Milk
What else could go wrong
With all that was going on in 1941?
From Picture Post, July 5th 1941.
Gratefully stolen from the ever-generous Vintage Scans.
Back in the day, just after the First World War every working man needed a watch so he could catch the train or tram, so he could be on time to clock on at the factory and so he didn’t miss the first ball of the day at the Test Match or the bounce down at the footy.
From The Australian Worker, 10th Apr, 1919
Perhaps this is why Great Grandma was always grumpy –
I remember my mother using one of these assiduously.
From “New Idea” 1967
The legendary “Police Gazette”.
Even Irving Berlin wrote about her
And Dick Powell sang
Talking stockings from The American, October 1939.
From Bandwagon- The Journal of Leisure, May 1946
Detail from a Phillips’ Magnesia Creams ad. From Woman’s Fair, June 1940.
Burgled from the ever generous Vintage Scans