When Woolloongabba was Wattle Scented

Friday, July 15, 2011

Queensland Taking Tea! - A McWhirters Project Mini Movie.

Queensland Taking Tea is a series of images from the State Library of Qld Wikimedia files and newspaper clippings from Trove, National Library of Australia.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ford Motor Company Adverts - Australian Women's Weekly, 1930's


Royal Australian Navy. Photo of H.M.A.S. Anzac in Brisbane, 1920.

Crowds on the docks in Brisbane, July, 1923, catching a glimpse of the newly H.M.A.S. Anzac was presented to the Australian Government in March 1919 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 27 January 1920. The ship was eventually scuttled off Sydney on in 1936.

Sailors on board H.M.A.S. Anzac ca.1923


Friday, July 8, 2011

Swiss Ski Fashions. Australian Women's Weekly, July 1949.


1949 'The australian WOMEN'S WEEKLY.', The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), 9 July, p. 1, viewed 9 July, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47223090

Vintage Crossword No.1851 - Courier Mail, 1949.


1949 'CROSSWORD: No. 1851.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933-1954), 9 July, p. 8, viewed 9 July, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49669009

Courier Mail Comic Strips From July 9th, 1949.


1949 'COURIER-MAIL Strip PARADE.', The Courier-Mail(Brisbane, Qld. : 1933-1954), 9 July, p. 12, viewed 9 July, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49669023

The Space Shuttle Family Album, 1977- 2009.

The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise flies free after being released from NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Rogers Dry Lakebed during the second of five free flights, January 1, 1977. A tail cone over the main engine area of Enterprise smoothed air flow during flight, the cone was removed on the two last free flights.

 Aerial view of the Shuttle Enterprise from 1978 shows the shuttle orbiter being hoisted into Marshall's Dynamic Test Stand for the Mated Vertical Ground Vibration test. The test marked the first time that the entire Space Shuttle, an external tank and two solid rocket boosters were joined and had the bejeezers shaken from them.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour receives a high-flying salute from its sister Shuttle Columbia, atop NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, shortly after its landing October 12, 1994 at Edwards, California.

Looks like a baby Space Shuttle. The HL-20 was one of two concepts considered by NASA as a type of Personnel Launch System to serve as a space taxi to and from the space stations. This full scale engineering model is 29.5 feet long, and 23.5 feet across.

 Passed like shuttles in the night. Atlantis waits outside of the Vehicle Asssembly Building in August 1990 as Columbia heads out to the pad.

Discovery moves through the doors of the Vehicle Assembly Building just before sunrise in preparation for October 23 launch, 2007.

Columbia launch from below, 1991.

The Space Shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station for docking but before the link-up occurred, the shuttle "posed" for a thorough series of inspection photos July 6, 2006.

Satellite deployment, 18 March, 1989.

 Look Mom...no hands! Astronaut Bruce McCandless riding the Canadarm, February 1984.

This is one of a series of photographs of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it performed a full 360-degree backflip. The photos were taken by crew onboard the International Space Station as the two spacecraft drew near to each other on 30th August 2009.

Smile and Wave!  Five astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis look out overhead windows on the aft flight deck toward their counterparts aboard the Mir Russian space station. The crewmembers (from the top) are astronauts: Kenneth D. Cameron, Mission Commander; Jerry L. Ross, Mission Specialist; James D. Halsell Jr., Pilot; William S. McArthur Jr., and Canadian astronaut Chris A. Hadfield, both Mission Specialists.24 November 1995.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Letter: Walt Disney to Richard Nixon, 1956. From Mickey to Dickey!

It is no secret that Walt Disney was a supporter of the Republican Party as this correspondence, signed by Walt himself is a great example of his in-kind support. Walt wants one of the kid "reporters" from the Mickey Mouse Club television show to ask Richard Nixon the "challenging" question, "When I Grow Up, Mr Nixon, Why Should I Become a Republican?". Walt goes on to suggest that a response be "confined" to three sentences or less and states he thinks "...the results will be worth the effort."

Notably there is a question mark with the comment "Schedule too tight", the writing style and colour of pen are different, perhaps the question mark from a Nixon staff member and the comment from Nixon himself? To my knowledge and brief research, the interview never happened but the National Convention did where Eisenhower and Nixon were renominated and went on to win the Presidential election of 1956.

No shame? Seems supporters of the Republican Party were amiable to the indocrination of children via Disney produced children's television in the 1950's. Fast forward to today and President Obama can address an assembly of public school children and the Tea Party freaks out.

The National Archives of the U.S.A.