Sepia Saturday’s them for the week – trains, trams, transport. But if I say trains and transport then the next word is troops.
I prefer to use images from the family albums but this time I am going with my favorite photo from the State Library of Victoria. It is listed as being from the Melbourne newspaper of the time, the Argus on August 14th, 1940. However it does not appear in the paper. but is one of a collection which came from the paper. Why ever wasn’t it used. Every photo tells a story and this photo tells a very powerful story.
The unanswered question is – Who are these two central people ?
Is she his wife, fiancee, girl friend ? Was this an embarkation leave farewell? Troops were still being sent to the Middle East . Did he come back safely or was he killed at Tobruk like the driver of the bread van in my home town ?
In this second photo you can again see her on the shoulder of some strong person.
Another time we see the soldiers marching down platform 10A at Spencer St Station in 1944, the engine for their train waiting t in the background.
Then in 2012 Toni Jordan published her novel Nine Days which was inspired by the kiss photo. She put her imagination to work to give a story going both back to the past and forward to the future. It is so believable and particularly enjoyable to anyone who enjoys their inner Melbourne suburbs and the idea of life as it was, in this case inner-city Richmond.
And a bit of trivia for the young-uns as to those beautiful marcel waves in the first photo. These days with all the electric wands for straightening and curling you might not know that in the 1930s when these marcel waves were popular, to make them at home you used these torturous butterfly metal grips with sharp teeth which pinched the damp hair together into ridges. When dry the hair would comb out into waves.
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