Monday, October 25, 2010

Images From the 1950s

Queen on Royal Train 1953/1954 New Zealand Tour

A 1950s Pub in a NZ County Town

Audrey Hepburn in the film 'Roman Holiday', which was released in 1953

Levin 1948

1950s Country School

1950s Picnic

1950s Housewife

Farmers wearing their 1950s Hats

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A description of travelling on the main trunk line from Wellington to Auckland.

Then followed the dimly-lit, meat-pie journey to Auckland, in a shelf-like top bunk ... Breath soot-high; voices when the train stopped, voices sharp and clear as footsteps walking the platform of the station; steam clouding like cotton wool; heavy-eyed sleep, eyelids sealed with specks of soot. Then early morning, cold clothes with too many arm and feet holes, a fawn railway-coloured, blanket-coloured biscuit; tea; a newspaper. And then, at the end of the jolting heaving journey ... a slow, measured halting, and in the scatter of people waiting, promising cars and warm homes, crying welcome from Auckland Station.

From 'State of Seige' by Janet Frame