IN PREPARATION FOR THE ZOOM SESSION THIS MONDAY 11 JULY 2022 7.30PM, Micheal A extracted a series of interesting and sometimes charming images of kookaburras and the war effort.
Right now, since ANZAC Day 2022, Australia Post has published a set of three World War One kookaburras, using postcards in the State Library of Victoria’s Shirley Jones’ Collection. Many of you will remember Shirley and her fabulous collections and knowledge about postcards.
The postcards are these Air Force, Navy and Army:
As Michael spotted they all have No. 58 on the bottom of the card. He also said that the postcards are rare and that it is surprising that there are not three more as sets are usually made up of six cards.
I had already asked postcard collector and dealer Roger Geron if he knew who the artist was. He provided reference photographs of some related cards. Both are numbered No. 58; the first shown below seems to be a homefront card to be sent to a serviceman and the second refers to servicemen ‘scouting’, so again Army?
Roger produced another interesting World War One kookaburra:
The artist is Harry J. Weston. An enterprising commercial artist, mainly posters. Its in the same vein but not doesn’t appear to be the artist behind the N0. 58 set. Any ideas? Join us on the zoom to discuss.
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Dom Davison says
I once was in contact with one of your esteemed members after an exhibition at the Malvern Town Hall in 2006. I sent him some letterheads he was interested from the defunct Australian Press Cuttings Agency (1904 -1987). Having just viewed your valuable snippet on Miss Kookaburra’s Birthday Club, may I mention I salvaged from an industrial waste bin in 2016 an original 1925 copy of the illustrated book that was a companion to the broadcast; it ‘s entitled : a walk/day on the Moon,- the first test rocket launch in the USA having been the previous year 1924, was quite topical. I can’t seem to access the Mitchell Library collection who have other copies. Being the official 90 year ABC Anniversary in 2022 , could this item & this female broadcaster be of any interest to your members? Many thanks for your attentive consideration.