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A Beach Day in Autumn

March 14th  1951

A newspaper cutting from Page 3 of “The Age” the following morning

Three country Victorian girls who had spent the previous year at  Bendigo Teachers’ College .

But here they are  on a beach at St Kilda   in Melbourne on a warm Wednesday afternoon.

Where should they have been ?

Once upon a time I knew the answer to that question but now I’ve forgotten.

But girls in bathing suits, a beach and in this case an unseen newspaper photographer  bears some similarity to another 1951 photo taken  at Bondi Beach in Sydney and used as this week’s prompt by Sepia Saturday.

Further interpretations of Sepia Saturday’s photo can be seen here .

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Paddling, Dipping the Toes In

Sepia's Paddling PhotoHow can we possibly live up to our theme photo of this week.  It is just about perfect  Let’s just look at it.,  A group of four young ladies being very daring and raising their skirts so that they could paddle in the lake.  And the two young boys tagging along.  Can’t you just hear one of the mothers saying You can’t go walking unless you take Billy and Johnny with you.  And there are the boys, not quite a part of the group but on the periphery.

Like most groups of girls there is a range of personalities.  Look at the haughty  expression of the front girl facing the camera,  challenging the photographer to please explain what he thinks he might be doing.  A much more demure but mischievious young lady in the dark dress carrying a  more sensible hat is seeing the funny side of the situation while the other two girls pretend that nothing is going on.

A moment in time but all is not still. The movements of legs in the water has created ripples, expanding out in all directions.  And wouldn’t it be nice if they expanded all the way to author Toni Jordan so that she could create a back and future story for these six characters.

And then from the sublime to something a bit less sublime, the beach at Apollo Bay c 1936.  Have you ever used the phrase a face only a mother could love.  I think some photos fall into that category too.

Apollo  Bay beach  c1936A grandmother doing supervision duty on an empty beach.

Going back further in time, to some time between 1880 and 1900 , at the State Library of Victoria we find an elegantly dressed woman and formally dressed man  at the edge of some water watching the  two older children have a paddle in a little byway of a larger expanse of water.

paddling pre 1900And  closer to home, the sea water Paddling Pool in front of the enclosed swimming area at Eastern Beach in Geelong.This photo from the State Library of Victoria was taken about  1949.

Easter Beach Paddling PoolWater is not the only  medium  which makes for fun  paddling, and hands are good for paddling in mud  too.  – Melbourne 1962Face in hose 1962Back to hose 1962These are the photos which have sprung to my mind when looking at this week’s theme photo for Sepia Saturday. Other people have contributed different photos and they can be found through the links on Sepia Saturday


Apollo Bay and the Folding Kodak

Hazel Enid Charlie Beach AB c1928  It is about 1928 down at the beach at Apollo Bay in southern Victoria.  Relaxing in their woollen bathing costumes are brother and sisters Hazel, Enid and Charles Fricke..  All three are teachers and the time is the summer school holidays.

Holding the camera to take this photo was Charles’ friend, Vera Tansey from Castlemaine, who was later to become his fiance and then his wife.  Charles was teaching in Castlemaine.  Vera changed places with Enid and Enid took the next shot of Hazel, Vera and Charles.

Hazel Vera Charlie Beach AB c1928

BUT, what is that on Vera’s left shoulder ? I’m wondering if it’s some wonderful little gadget of the times for chasing away those never-ending clouds of flies.

fly chaserA beach picnic was held on another day when it doesn’t appear to be quite as warm,  This time Enid, Charles and Hazel  are joined by their younger brother Allan, a future public servant, complete with cap.  No parasols were need for protection from the sun that day.

Enid Charlie Allan Haxel beach AB c1928All these photos were taken on a Kodak folding camera. which was still taking great photos in the late 1950s and was always stored in its carrying case,

Kodak Folding Cameracamera caseTwenty years after the beach photos if you had that same Kodak and you wanted a selfie, well, you just got and length of string !

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