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Friday, April 11, 2014

The second printer's picnic program in the Urban_Archaeology collection, as promised

The occasion was earlier in 1919 and held down at Southport, Saturday March 1. The Government Printing Office as it was known . . . this program did set the tone for the other one I own from the more commercial enterprise, namely Jackson & O'Sullivan in the previous post. Download the full version - here.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I have two Brisbane - 'printer's picnic' programmes, Caroline Fewtrell perked my curiosity to scan them

Caroline sends me this:
Hi Mal

I remembered the word for the printers’ picnic is wayzgoose
 A check in the newspapers via National Library’s Trove was fruitful.
 The Moreton Bay Courier mentions a first attempt at a Brisbane wayzgoose, on Saturday 19 May 1860, immediately under the report of the first Parliament for 1860.
1860 'Local Intelligence.', The Moreton Bay Courier (Brisbane, Qld. : 1846 - 1861), 22 May, p. 2, viewed 24 March, 2014,
The newspapers on Trove covered go up to around 1954, so maybe there will be reports for some of the pamphlets you have.
Cheers for now.

Caroline's links go further:

"A wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper."

Both of my picnic programmes are dated Saturday March 1 1919 and Saturday 6th December 1919 - so we weren't in sync with northern hemisphere folk lore?
One is by the Government Printer with their outing over two days to Southport and the other by Jackson & O'Sullivan who ventured west to Carrington Rocks.
I've prepared a nine page .pdf of the J & O'S one - here.

And further insights:
"Some bookbinders believe that Wayzgoose was held on St Bartholomew's Day because he was the patron saint of leather workers. It was no coincidence[citation needed]that on August 24, 1456 the printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed, perhaps triggering the very first wayzgoose party at Fust–Schöffer shop in Mainz."
"The holiday, a break in printing, was traditionally also the day that papermakers took a break from making paper for the printers, and used up the last of the pulp to make paper for windows, waxed paper being the traditional window material for the yeoman class before the use of glass became more widespread, and after this was done, the pulp vats would be cleaned out for the new fibre, made from rags collected in the spring, and retted (prepared by rotting) over the summer."
"The paper windows were fitted on St. Martin's Day (November 11). Just as the saint had supposedly cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, so yeoman farmers would give offcuts of the windows to the poor, to help them keep warm during the coming winter."
"Parchment was the original mediaeval material for keeping northern homes warm, for those who could not afford glass for the windows. The patron saint of parchment makers was the same St Bartholomew. With paper replacing parchment, the name of the traditional Martinmas party, the Wayzgoose, might have been transferred to both papermakers' and printers' parties."

I promise to scan and prepare the Govt Printing one, it is equally as nice!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another Tasmanian find - Thomas Reid's 'recipe' book

First up - Monika & Kevin Keane run a great antiques and collectables shop at 78 High Street Oatlands, Tasmania. 03 6254 0020.
You need to basically be there daily to catch every new thing found and priced on the day. There are sections of that shop I go to immediately, old photographs, ephemera and prints. There is a story about the Reid material that I know some details of, another man bought the Reid family house and property in Richmond. He lived in it without changing anything, without even looking through the books and sheds. Kevin had aways wanted to get to the house and was told  - "ah, when I sell up you can get the stuff" . . . seems like to day came and another dealer got the house contents, Kevin scored the shed contents. Thomas Reid's school exercise books were so beautifully handwritten, geography, natural history and arithmetic work all set out in a very mature hand, he used these books many years later as grounds for this 'recipe book'. The 26 page .pdf is downloadable - here. A 5.26Mb file.
I've set out the title page and one other page as a teaser to download and view at your lea sure, maybe even learn something from old-timer's knowledge.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Some Xs and Os from my two months holiday in Tasmania

Jackman & McRoss at New Town, Hobart opposite Carl's great junk shop . . .

. . . outside the Nagambi Masons Hall

yep, we had lunch on the 'Death Star' when driving home from Hobart

. . . the last two shots were taken in Donald Holt and Tomislav Nickolic's studio in Melbourne, work in progress by Tomislav

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and catch you later on in the year 2014

. . . with thanks to D.C. for his ink art that I have changed, this was posted on Tumblr with no credit and downloaded (I'm guessing it is from the master).

Friday, December 13, 2013

Another protection device I would like to own and put into action

I'm guessing it shows a 'bad spirit' and just what will happen to him by the talisman as it works its wonders on the wearer's behalf. It was in an auction recently only I didn't manage to bid or follow up the price as I lost the original link . . . anyone able to assist me?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Launceston Examiner's reporter bailed us up working on the shop room, early November 2013

50 towns in 50 weeks is the theme: The island of Tasmania is mentally split between north and south and Tunbridge, where we live is the dividing line. People more south drink the Hobart beer and read the Hobart paper. The northerners drink the Lonnie brew and read their local rag. Even the municipalities are divided at the Blackman River - Northern Midlands and the Southern Midlands councils. So when the reporter strayed into the town she said we were the only people to talk to her. Everyone else is either out at the farm or inside out of the wind, it was the middle of the day also.

We own the 'General store' - a shop and residence, not the manor. The shot below is the only room remaining original, we have refurbished all the rest. Isabel Bird did a really good job shooting and rendering our conversations apart from these two blips - the full article is here as a download.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I set a goal to create 121 folders of eleven 'pinks' from my (found) downloaded ephemeral archive - this is set #99

Every item is from a follower who has posted or someone who I follow . . . some are also from my printed and photographic collection called 'urban_archaeology.
Visual resource is always an essential designer tool and my collection has been collected since I was eleven. Ray Norman also enshrines eleven and the ultimate number for a collection - he suggests that a collector should stop there, any more and we should start to edit.
My forthcoming 'pinks' DVD will have 11x11 folders each with 11 elements . . .

. . . sorry for not posting, the older I get the more I have to do

. . . wonderful place to be actually.

Multiple circles and crosses image sent in the daily dozen from Eric Baker that I just had to pass on:

And this one has a clock dial also:

Sunday, September 29, 2013

A page from an artist book I did in 1998 entitled 'detail; western wisdom' using found photographs and my own 'exploratory texts'

The image is of two of Brisbane's notable fashion retailers and agents - Ray & Dawn Petersen. Fifi's of Piccardilly (arcade) was an early 1960's boutique and as such a social party machine for the couple who played hard and fast. When Ray died his mother sold all his personal effects to a second hand dealer in Bulimba and thats where I swooped on this image. It took a few visits to Annies to extract the three I have. Daniel Lightfoot and I always shrieked about how camp we thought Ray really was . . . I have passed this and another shot to Nadia and Madeleine who are researching and coordinating The Fashion Archive.
This artist book was produced in a series of 21 and only one remains with me. It was dedicated to John Nelson a painter (and gardening) friend, it used found images and the texts were a play on the left hand way that I subscribe to. It is an all-time favourite of mine, I should produce another set one day.
Here is the other image I have shared for publication

Friday, September 27, 2013

Anyone know the name of these three different trips?

Found in an old ephemera archive, the dragon is from the 1990s from memory - the others are possibly from the early 1970s . . . those clear light tabs were never kept as they were sans images. I do have the issue of Wired that showed USA versions upstairs also collectiva blog which I have followed for years here