to the Show and Tell page for various items of eclectic interest such
as old postcards and photographs, a 1913 colour photo of a demure young
lady and eucalypt forest and rainforest in South Gippsland.
Back to the First Principles page for many other items of potential interest.
Robin Whittle Updated 29 June 2016, 27 September 2012 and 28 November 2010, from the original two images of 1 October 2000 email@example.com
In 1999 I purchased some slides from a second-hand dealer at Camberwell Market - a Sunday flea-market which I attended religiously until around 2005. They were very early 35mm slides, from the late 1940s or early 1950s - judging by the motor cars and dress-styles. The film was hand-mounted in two pieces of glass stuck together with tape, so I guess this was before plastic or cardboard mounts were common.
Many of the slides were of individuals and homes, but several were of a beach event - evidently the Sun Beachgirl Quest. I have scanned two of these images (after removing the film from the glass slide and cleaning most of the mould from the film) and have provided them here for your interest.
The first one is a marvelous photo showing resplendent young women in the days before Lycra, bikinis and many of the complications we now take for granted. An announcer is at the microphone and perhaps the chap to his left is the DJ changing the needle on the 78 RPM turntable. A Digger is in a slouch hat and uniform and an elderly gentleman is wearing a hat.
The second image is presumably at the same event. While it doesn't show the Quest itself, it illustrates women in vibrant summer dresses - and some pretty bold sunglasses!
The dealer told me that he purchased these slides and many other photographs from an elderly woman whose husband had died some years ago. Clearly he was a keen photographer.
I hope you enjoy these gay glimpses of life about fifty years ago - probably about five years before I was born. If you can shed any light on the exact year they may have been taken, I would really appreciate it.
The above is the approximate text of a letter I sent to accompany prints of the images to the Chelsea Longbeach Surf Lifesaving Club and the Herald-Sun. (In those days, the Sun was a morning tabloid and the Herald was the afternoon broadsheet.) I didn't hear anything back from them. I later read the sash the winning Girl was wearing and found that it was for the 1953 Sun Beach Girl Contest. It is a Quest according to the banner on the balcony in the photo below, while the winner's sash (more space for longer words) is for "Sun Beach Girl Contest 1953 - Miss Frankston".
In 2015, The National Museum of Australia featured these images in an article and cover photo of their glossy magazine The Museum.
They scanned the slides and worked on the resulting images, which need
considerably retouching due to dust and degradation of the film. Issue seven of The Museum can be purchased for $5.95 post paid at their online shop. The page for this issue is: http://www.nma.gov.au/museum_magazine/issue_seven . It
contains beautifully printed renditions of four of the images on this
page of: the crowd scene, the line of women and children, Miss Frankston 1953 and the two runners-up, and the people on the roof.
Until June 2016, for the four main pictures here, this page had
images from scans and retouching I did myself. Now, for three of
these I am using versions from thescans from the Museum.
If you want to print these to make posters and the like, the links below in bold are the ones I suggest you use.
|Bev Wilkinson of Seaford (Golden Days Images www.goldendaysimages.com.au) is mounting an exhibition:
Celebrate Living History of Frankston
at Bartiste, Ross Smith Lane
(Rear of 2/12 Young St) Frankston
Sunday 14 October 2012 from 4PM
Exhibition runs until 3rd November
From the flyer:
You're invited to share a yarn over some great stories!
Interviews and photographs by Bev Wilkinson.
Prints of the photos below will be on show.
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