Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Birthday Gift #2

I admired myself this photo at Mother's a few weeks ago and she had it copied and enlarged and framed and gave it to me for my birthday. It wasn't the clearest photo to blow up but never mind. Why ABI Brother is dressed up like a pox doctor's clerk, I am not sure. I can guess I was supposed to be too but I refused. Perhaps he had been to Sunday school. Perhaps I refused to go. I think the photo was taken at Lake Glenmaggie in Gippsland. The car, a VF 1969 Chrysler Valiant I later bought from my grandmother after my grandfather died. Grandma and Pop were Mother's parents. I posted a photo of them getting married back here.

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  1. Looks like a scene from 'On our Selection'.

    You were already a rebel!

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  2. Great photo! It was thoughtful of your mom to do that.

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  3. Victor has nailed it, definitely a Dad 'n' Dave moment!
    What a lovely keepsake :)

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  4. Your grandma's gear is all a bit Queen Mum tribute.

    She obviously fell hook, line and sinker for a guy who could carry off wearing a hat, a nice cardy, braces ... and a belt. :0)

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  5. Victor, there's a Dad, but no Dave. I look so gay.

    I guess so Dina.

    Jayne, I'm think my grandfather should have had an inverted pitch fork.

    I said that to Mother LS, down to the tilt of the head. Pop was an embarrassment at times. At least this day his trousers weren't held up with a hayband.

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  6. What a classic picture Andrew.. I love looking at old pics, and thinking of what happened once the shutter of the camera went click :)

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  7. Indeed hayband was the belt of choice of a number of wealthy district farmers. (The really blokey ones chose barbwire. No, I just made that up.) One such haybander I remember also put his duck hunting armory as 'pest extermination' in the deduction column of his tax return. (It didn't work and penalties followed.)

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  8. oh Andrew you haven't changed a bit!
    re Cazzie's comment: it is clear from the pink Going To Town coat, that Gran and brother have Been Somewhere together, and the photo was taken by whoever dropped them home.
    I thought Queen Mother immediately too (but a nicer person obviously).

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  9. I can't remember the day Cazzie, except I think my father drove and must have taken the snap. Mother did not come. Not sure why. I think the car was brand new, so it would be 1969 or 1970.

    LS, giggle at pest extermination tax deduction.

    Sadly I have changed Ann. I think they would have been to church but where are her gloves and handbag? I've never owned a coat, but Grandma had about six, including the evil fur. In her last couple of years, she wore tweedy one around the house with an awful orange acrylic fur hat.

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  10. "I thought Queen Mother immediately too (but a nicer person obviously). "

    OTOH I thought Queen Grandson (and a nice person obviously.) :0)

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  11. Oh yes, I think my jeans were Ayone? Suppose they have disappeared now.

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  12. The writing was on the wall LS.

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  13. The first recorded example of gay hieroglyphics? :0)

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  14. Funny. I have a thing for hayband. I still have my first piece. Your gran is very natural in this photo. Her smile, laugh is gorgeous.

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  15. Curiously LiD, she did not smile very often. I like the old hayband, not this modern nylon stuff.

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  16. Valiants were our favourite car till we went to VW's - a nice photo of what looks like a happy crew

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  17. I saw the photo MC. A Valiant AP6 was it?

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