I came across an old Jigsaw in an op shop for the price of $1-00 so bought it as I loved the look and vintage picture. It was a Majestic Jigsaw with over 1000 pieces, fully interlocking and the measurement on the box was in inches not centimeters. The jigsaw was called The Blue Lake and the people in the foreground have a 1950s look so I am guessing it is from around that era.


It is always a risk when you buy a jigsaw from an op shop that all the pieces may not be in the box. I completed the jigsaw and found that there were 5 pieces missing but to my surprise there were 2 random pieces that did not belong to this puzzle. You can see from the picture of the completed jigsaw below the green gaps where the pieces are missing and the 2 extra pieces at the bottom.


It was fun to do a jigsaw with a great vintage picture and a little harder to do with an edge piece missing but I am always up for a challenge. I will put the jigsaw box to good use as it will make a great storage box for some of my old treasures.

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I have found a number of various styles of kitchen canister sets from different eras over the past year in Op Shops which are a great look back in time. Do you remember seeing any of these at home when you were growing up?


This set of canister were made by Vulcan and were metal, I think aluminium, with a plastic knob on the lid, possibly bakelite. I think they have been painted and have a transfer label with a cherry put on the front. When I was a kid we had a metal set of kitchen canisters that were kept on the mantel above the wood stove in the kitchen which meant they were very handy when you were cooking.


I love this set of brightly coloured plastic canisters but unfortunately when I found them the yellow one was missing the lid. Mum had tea caddy made in a similar style which was plastic and had a T on the front in the same lettering as these canisters. It was green with a cream lid the same as these which you took off when you needed to fill it up with tea.



These last 2 sets of canisters remind me of a time when brown and orange where the popular colours in home decor. The brown and cream canisters are a set of 4 ceramic canisters with great lettering on the front. The orange and brown set are plastic with lids that are plastic but were painted to look like wood.

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I recently went on holidays and while away I found some interesting old postcards in an op shop. The postcards reminded me of going on holidays years ago and making sure I bought some postcards to post back to family and friends while I was away.


The first postcard is of the Flinders Street Station corner in Melbourne from the late 1960s I think. The twin towers of Victorian Gas in the background and Central Station on the opposite corner are no longer there but are replaced by Federal Square. I moved to Melbourne when I left school to work in an office so I remember this corner as I would catch a train every day to and from work. The second postcard is from the late 1970s and features a Melbourne tram.


Some of the postcards I found had a long letter on the back that filled the postcard with small writing. My notes to family and friends on the back of a postcard was usually like the second postcard above with a short note about the holiday.


You could also buy View Folders as well as postcards to send or remember the places you saw on your holidays. They often had pictures on both sides and sometimes a place to write a note to someone you were sending them too.


It was lots of fun looking through the old postcards I found as they show what places where like as some of the things featured no longer exist or have changed.

Today when we go on holidays the mobile phone is an easy way to take some holiday photos and instantly send them to family or friends with a message. I did see some postcards for sale in souvenir shop while I was away so you can still buy them but I guess they are not a popular as they used to be.

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I was contacted by Helen with a request to include the following information about a Reunion in 2017 on Born in the Fifties.

It is a reunion for PMG Techs & Telephonists of Country Towns Victoria Reunion 2017

If you are an ex Telephonist, Technician of the PMG & Telstra etc and worked on country town switchboards within Victoria, please come along and join in on our reunion we are having on 14th October 2017 next year.
We need to know of your interest by early New Year (January) for our venue catering, accommodation in the town etc.
On purpose I have not recorded my phone numbers or I would have to employ a Secretary Assistant to help with the enquiries but we hope that this is enough information for you at this stage.
Please email only to me asap then we can get this show on the road to a great weekend at Nhill, Victoria.
I am sure you have lots of stories and tales to tell of your experiences and if anybody is able to dance, sing or talk or whatever, please let me know.
We have planned for the Saturday night a Cabaret 60’s style so ladies will be frocked up and gentlemen black tie or Lounge Suit
Looking forward to hearing from you and also please spread the word of those you know who held a Victorian country town together as a Telephonist or Technician – should be fun!
ps/ I am also on Melbourne 3AW Sunday mornings after the 5am News as Helen of Nhill.
Helen of Nhill
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A friend could not resist giving me a jigsaw as they know I love the 1950s and doing jigsaws so to find them both together was perfect. The jigsaw was not square or rectangle but a special shape which made it more of a challenge as it is very difficult to do the edge first as that is usual way I start a jigsaw.


I got out my fold up card table which I use to do jigsaws, spread out the pieces and got started. It was fun working on it with all the great 1950s memories of hotrods, records, jukebox, diner and more. I remember going to a cafe and listening to the small jukebox that was at the end of each table. It was a great way to spend some time with your friends.



When I was almost finished I discovered that the jigsaw was to long for my card table as the ends hung over the edges of the table. I moved it diagonally on the table and problem solved so I could finish the jigsaw.



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Taking a photo has changed so much as you no longer have to go to the shop to buy a film then load it into the camera. You would take your photos then send them off to be developed which often took about a week. I remember waiting with excitement to get my photos back from being developed. It was always disappointing if some of your photos did not work out and all you got was a blurred photo. You got your photos back in an envelope with the negatives so you could get more printed at a later date if required. All the photos of my early childhood are in black and white. I found some old black and white holidays photos still with the negative and in the envelope from the developer.


I went on a school trip one year and had the photos developed as slides instead of photos. The slides fitted neatly into a plastic box with a yellow lid. I remember sitting through an endless slides show of someone’s holidays photos and usually the projector would breakdown a couple of times during the show. I took the photo with the old suitcases, photos with negative and round disc for putting your slides in to load in the projector some time ago as it reminded me of going on holidays as a child.



Today all you need is a mobile phone or camera to take photos and you can instantly see if you have taken a good photo. There is no more waiting a week to have the photos developed as you can go into a shop and have them printed instantly.

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When I was a kid growing up I remember Monday was always the day Mum did the washing. She had an enamel bowl which she would fill with hot water to melt the starch pellets so she could starch some of our clothes, tablecloths and tea towels. Tuesday was usually spent ironing as if you starched clothes they needed to be ironed to get out the creases. Mum would sprinkle the clothes with water when ironing them to help get out the creases. The cute plastic lady pictured below would be filled with water and the lid, which is her white hat, would be screwed back on. It had some holes in the lid so mum could sprinkle the clothes with water before ironing.


I saw an old copper and hand wringer used for washing at the same auction as the lawn mowers so I took a photo as they are great memories of a time when washing clothes was done without electricity. The old copper looked like a stand alone unit that you built a fire in the bottom to heat the water in the copper. I remember the hand wringer and how you put the edge of a piece of clothes that had just been washed between the rollers. All you had to do was turn the handle so the clothes went through the rollers squeezing out a lot of the water which meant they took less time to dry.


We had a hills hoist clothes line at home when I was growing up but I remember going to my friends house to play and her mum would hang the washing on a long line held up by a couple of wooden posts. There was a pole in the middle that you used to raise and lower the line so you could peg up the clothes then lift it up high to catch the wind to dry them.




These photos are a great reminder of washing day and all the hard work women of that time did to take care of the families laundry. The lady is not my mum but I thought they were interesting photos to share with everyone and bring back some childhood memories.

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I went to a farm clearing sale auction and saw a couple of old lawn mower. I got out the camera so I could share them with you as I enjoy seeing vintage things that have childhood memories.

The first photos are of an old push mower or that is what we called it when we were kids. I remember spending many an hour mowing the lawn with one of these old mowers pushing it around the lawn. It was quite a work out especially in the summer but a way to earn some pocket money.


The green lawnmower is an old Victa and looks very basic compared to the lawnmower of today. We live on a large block now so a ride on mower is a must as we get older.


I wonder if anyone else earned some pocket money as a child mowing the lawn and do you remember the old push lawnmowers?

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I also found these wonderful pages of fashion from the 1960s in the same magazine as the Coffee advertisement. The magazine was the Australian Home Journal February 1964 and I remember having a dress similar to one of the styles for older girls.



























The black and white page above has a picture of a Brunch coat which I think was also called a house coat. I remember seeing a couple of our neighbours in a brunch coat or house coat with plastic rollers in their hair that they had slept usually to help the curls in their perm stay in longer. I do not think it would have been very comfortable to sleep with the plastic rollers in your hair and it was definitely not a very glamorous look.

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I found this advertisement for Coffee in Australian Home Journal magazine from February 1964.

The ad reads…

Enjoy rich coffee flavour…less than a penny a cup!

It’s good! The whole family enjoys the flavor of Bushells Coffee Essence. It’s quick! Make it instantly with hot milk or hot water. It’s economical! Less than a penny a cup, so enjoy it often! Buy it sweetened or unsweetened.

So different to the many types of coffee we drink today.

I remember when Cafe-Bar Coffee machines came into the workplace when I was working in an office in the 1970s. The machine was made of white plastic and as an office junior it was my job to fill up the machine and give it a wipe over each morning. To get a cup of coffee all you had to do was put a plastic cup under the dispenser on the machine then turn the handle for Coffee which was instant powdered coffee, then Milk which was instant powdered milk, sugar if you wanted then press the button for hot water.

Now you grab a coffee from the local cafe on the way to work or go out for a coffee during the day.


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