An exciting new find.
Not Australian, but very cute and dated from 1936:
Some inspiration for your knitting from the Australian Women’s Weekly, 22nd May 1943:
Carol’s ceramic collection:
Some of these may have been made around 1950 by the unknown Melbourne Company mentioned in the 29th February post. Some may have been made by Anna Louise Alma, a Sydney based Parisian making buttons from around 1947-57. Some may be the work of Stacha Halpern post 1939. They are not Marie Gardner’s. Carol and her husband have an extensive collection of those, and these have different backs and shanks. Who ever made them, they are typical of ceramic and glass buttons being produced post WW2, when other button making materials were in short supply.
Pat’s new finds, Part 1:
The Newcastle & Hunter River Steamship Company Ltd:
In 1892 this company was formed from the amalgamation of the Newcastle Steamship and the Hunter River Steam Navigation companies. It operated until 1956. It was delisted and became the Southern Shipping Company Limited in 1965. For detailed information and pictures of the fleet see https://www.flotilla-australia.com/nhrsn.htm
By 1904 they provided services between Sydney, Newcastle, Morpeth, Raymond terrace, Miller’s Forest, Paterson and Clarencetown. By 1914 they also serviced Bulahdelah and Port Stephens. The advent of rail and road transport lead to the demise of the company.
A new variation of Mickey, and 2 Darians.
A newspaper article about novelty buttons:
From the Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, 15th April 1938:
The term “sooled off” was new to me. It apparently was an Australian slang term meaning to urge or goad, similar to “sick ’em”. The term ‘grotesque’ could mean a comically distorted figure, not only an ugly one. Pictures of a prawn button, the Pop Eye buttons and Mickey and Donald buttons from 1936-1940 Australian advertising are shown below.
I have found a newspaper item that corrected my belief that the casein animal shapes we find were imported (although some were) including the koalas.
Perhaps these are some examples:
The price of Australian made MOP buttons in 1944.
Three “different” brands with the same design cards and (trust me) identical MOP buttons excepting the right hand ones are 1mm larger in diametre. The name Czechoslavakia dates the cards post 1917. If the buttons were made in Japan, the use of that name as opposed to ‘Nippon’ probably dates them post 1921. So where were they actually made, as why try to sell them as different brands?
The Australian Woman’s Mirror
The Australian Woman’s Mirror was published weekly by The Bulletin from 1924 to 1961. It contained fiction to interest ladies as well as informative articles and advice for all the issues that concerned house wives. Here are some useful (and sometimes time consuming) hints concerning buttons from 1940-9.
27th November 1948:
10th August 1949:
14th September 1949:
19th October 1949:
The Australian Woman’s Mirror
The Australian Woman’s Mirror was published weekly by The Bulletin from 1924 to 1961. It contained fiction to interest ladies as well as informative articles and advice for all the issues that concerned house wives. Here are some useful (and sometimes time consuming) hints concerning buttons from 1929-1939.
10th September 1929:
5th November 1929:
24th February 1931:
10th March 1931:
16th February 1932:
5th July 1932: Yikes!
9th May 1933:
15th August 1933:
9th January 1934:
27th February 1934:
12th June 1934:
14th July 1936:
6th October 1936:
In case you were wondering; marocain is dress fabric of ribbed crepe made of silk, wool, rayon or a combination. The advise was to completely immerse the fabric in petrol!
1st June 1937:
5th July 1938:
2nd February 1939:
8th August 1939: Advert for Anthony Hordern’s
3rd October 1939:
An interview with a business woman:
14th November 1939:
21st November 1939: