Saturday, July 7, 2012

Trunks

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I don't have any pictures of elephants in my albums but do have some pictures of trunks so have taken a lateral theme this week (and no I didn't go with tree trunks, which was my first thought).  
Please click on the images to enlarge.

Do you think that perhaps my grandmother tried to destroy this photo?  I am glad it survived.

1925
Nanna in her swimming trunks


Pilgrim brothers in their trunks

From The Argus newspaper in 1938; "by-laws provided that people had to be 'decently dressed'."  and "while he approved of trunks being worn when bathers were in or near the water, he objected to people wearing them when they 'paraded all about the beach frontage'."

I wonder what our ancestors would have thought about the bathers on our beaches today?  

The Argus (Melbourne) - 23 November 1938
Source: National Library of Australia (Trove)

The Argus (Melbourne) - 11 February 1921
Source: National Library of Australia (Trove)

And to finish, a photo taken in 1948 of relatives in the farm irrigation channel.  
February 2012; "With recent hot weather around the State, SunWater is reminding the general public that irrigation channels are not safe to swim in under any circumstances"  

1948

25 comments:

  1. Oh you're too clever! Such fun photos to look at. Those newspaper clippings provide an interesting insight into changing attitudes.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. Interest to see a male and female wearing the same "trunks".

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  2. At first I thought your post was going to be about the kind of trunk that is used for storage. It is odd that "trunk" has so many different meanings.

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    1. The free dictionary gives 10 different meanings to the word "trunk" No wonder it is so hard to learn the English language!

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  3. By coincidence I have been editing the story of a man from Poland who emigrated with his wife to Australia in the late 1950s before eventually reaching the USA and becoming an American citizen. He and his wife lived at Geelong initially.
    I wouldn't have thought of this kind of trunk either.

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    1. That is quite a detour! I wonder why he moved on? I hope it wasn't the indecency of bathers. ha ha ha.

      Have you looked at the National Archives website? It may have some more Australian immigration details for you.

      http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/using/search/index.aspx

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  4. Well I’m glad this post wasn’t ‘truncated’ as i thoroughly enjoyed it. The male bathers in that second photo really made me smile. The times have surely changed; we have a nudist beach near us here in Lanzarote and clothed and nude mingle happily.

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    1. Ha Ha Ha. Ned in the middle, looks very proud of himself doesn't he?

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  5. Love your website. I am your newest follower, and invite you to join my blog as well. http://thedisconnectedwriter.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you JJ. I have joined your blog. I am also very interested in travel and trying new things. I was trying to find a blog on your "wilderness trips through dangerous terrain". Perhaps you could point me in the right direction?

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  6. I love this! I like how you turned the page to swim suits, and so exciting they are...I even find that crumpled photo so darling too! Saved! A photo never lost or thrown away!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I can imagine my nanna screwing up the photo in disgust (none of like to see ourselves in bathing suits)but I love it too. It's great to see the old car in the background too.
      One of these days, I will get around to fixing the photo with Photoshop.

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  7. Most enjoyable post! Thanks for the fun.

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  8. Sharon, I remember nanna showing me that photo and her saying how horrible it was. I told her I loved it and we laughed.
    Thankyou for your very very wonderful blog.

    Cheers (The memories)

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet. I love it too. I am glad that you are enjoying the blog.
      Sharon

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  9. Great post! I love your "trunks" theme. And those photos were awesome too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jana. I always enjoy your posts.

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  10. Wonderful post! I love the swimming trunk theme! I think it is great you have added newspaper clippings. Really enjoyed reading this. Thanks

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    1. A bit more interesting than tree trunks! lol

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  11. Love it! Once again, a fabulous collection of pics, Sharon. I particularly enjoyed the story from Geelong, where my own children were all born.

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    1. Thanks Fi. Isn't Trove wonderful! I spend hours just reading old papers and looking at the advertisements. It is so easy to get side tracked.

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  12. Sharon I love your creativity with the pics of the trunks!!
    I wanted to let you know that I've nominated your for an Illuminating Blogger Award http://www.lonetester.com/2012/07/illuminating-blogger-award/

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  13. Hi Sharon
    Looks like Alona has beaten me too it, but you deserve two nominations for the Illuminating Blogger Award http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/comment-page-37/#comments
    My post http://mywdfamilies.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/illuminating-blogger-award/
    Regards

    Merron

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  14. Thank you Alona & Merron. I am thrilled to be nominated. You have given me such confidence as I don't think my blog comes close to some of the others and I am still learning and finding my way.
    Thanks again.

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