Apr 26, 2010

Pulling Teeth

Hard rubbish wombling in the dark is only for the intrepid and very foolish. Putting my hand inside an enormous, sagging, soggy cardboard box wasn’t without considerable risk….and some kind of reward. The box was crammed full of smaller boxes containing plaster casts of teeth. Many of these casts captured mouths in medievally horrific condition - I certainly felt sorry for this dentist's victims. In any case, it was a very surreal moment to pull out these teeth under the full moonlight. The large box was impossibly heavy so I only managed to stagger home with a dozen sets. I also found the small x-ray, sandwiched between some teeth. File this find under 'Freaky'.

Apr 11, 2010

Dainty Ankles

The Winners of Sydney's Daintiest Ankle Competition, 1928.
Brought to you by Prestige, the quality hose manufacturer.
"The fashionable trend in stockings has been carefully considered by Prestige designers, who have raised the skill of manufacture into an art."

Apr 3, 2010

It's My Party

A few snippets from this book, published in 1977.

"Giving a party should be fun - fun for the giver and fun for the guests. But it is not always so. When your guests have gone home, you could be left thinking: "Where did it all go wrong?" If so, it is very likely that it went wrong when you said: "Let's have a party!"

"Did you think what you were going to do? Did you plan? Or did you hope that it would work out? The best parties are planned parties. But only you should know all the work that goes into them."

"Don't talk about the party in front of too many people. Never, never use the telephone. Many parties come to an end because of that danger of dangers, the gatecrasher."

"Ask a friend to help you by giving people a welcome drink and keeping the record player going, while you help new guests with their things."

"All too soon the party is over. As you close the door on the last guest, and look around, you will see it: your room - the place you took so long to make nice. Ashtrays full to the top...glasses and dirty plates everywhere...chairs pushed here and there. This is the time when you find a drink, put on a lively record and then turn to with a will. Lot's of hard work - Yes! But now you know you can give a party - a good party. So here's to the next!"