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Category Archive for '1950s'

A 1950s kitchen

The term ‘1950s kitchen’ conjures up a vision of shiny surfaces, labour saving appliances and endless, seamless bench space. Advertisements tell us this space is populated by an enchanting young woman with immaculate hair who, with housewifely care, protects her gown with a sweet little apron. It is a space where the twin virtues of […]

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The policing of traffic became more sophisticated in November 1954 when Sydney police first introduced radar sets for the detection of speeding vehicles. The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) scientists designed the sets, which reportedly cost 600 pounds each ($17,855 today). Two officers were required to operate the radar: there was a detection […]

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The Archive Gallery has been transformed for the archive’s latest offering Collision: misadventure by motor car. This exhibition presents previously unseen traffic accident photographs taken by police between 1920 and 1964. Recent research on the archive reveals that after the mid-1940s the police approach to photographing accident sites becomes more comprehensive – expanding from one […]

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Arianne Martin, Publicity Assistant with the Historic Houses Trust, recently interviewed Caleb Williams and Holly Schulte, the curators of a new Archive Gallery show presenting the work of retired police photographer, Walter Tuchin. Arianne: This exhibition is the first time the museum has focused on the work of a single crime scene photographer, as opposed […]

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The archive reveals many aspects of daily life interrupted by terror or misfortune. The form of the archive is almost as diverse as the subject matter it depicts, comprising numerous media types ranging from large-format glass plate negatives to small, curling photographic prints. My mind often turns to the specifics of the camera and darkroom […]

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