Who Will Buy?

While re-processing some correspondence files from the Narrandera Shire Council recently, we came across some fantastic advertising brochures and pamphlets from days gone by.  Some caught our eye with their bright reds, blues and yellows. Others have great photos in them that we just had to share.

Merryweather's Royal Hatfield Automatic Fire Engine
Merryweather’s Royal Hatfield Automatic Fire Engine, specially built for His Majesty the King [from the Narrandera Shire Council Collection, RW175]

 

An Ambulance Waggon for use in the Boer War
An Ambulance Waggon for use in the Boer War [from the Narrandera Shire Council Collection, RW175]

 

The inside of the horse-drawn ambulance
The inside of the horse-drawn ambulance [from the Narrandera Shire Council Collection, RW175]

 

Merryweathers' Automobile "Fire Suds" Machine
Merryweathers’ Automobile “Fire Suds” Machine. For Petrol and Oil Fires. [from the Narrandera Shire Council Collection, RW175]

One statement in a brochure by Latimers Visible Petrol was just too good not to reproduce: “The Hammond Visible Petrol System has been sealed by the British Board of Trade, London, which signifies the acme of perfection.”  Yes – it really does use the word “acme”!!

The Government Authorised Petrol Measure, from Latimers Visible Petrol Ltd.
The Government Authorised Petrol Measure, from Latimers Visible Petrol Ltd. [from the Narrandera Shire Council Collection, RW175]

There were also a few booklets on safety.  Who’d have guessed that OHS was around in 1939?!

The front and back covers of the Safety Review by the Safety First Council of NSW
The front and back covers of the Safety Review by the Safety First Council of NSW, June 1939 [from the Narrandera Shire Council Collection, RW175]
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2 thoughts on “Who Will Buy?

  1. This selection shows the wisdom of including printed material (particularly ephemera) in special collections, and the need for co-operation to determine housing by archives or local history collections etc.

    You make me feel old: “acme” was commonly used during my boyhood, before Americanese.

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    1. Yes, part of our role as an archive is to determine the evidential value of records and decide what must be kept and how long for, which means there’s not much printed material in our State Archives Collection at all.
      As part of the reprocessing of this collection, it’s been determined that some of the files these items were in are not actually “State Archives” and so we can’t keep them in that collection. However, hopefully we may be able to keep them as part of our Regional Records Collection. We shall have to see.

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