This week's prompt from Sepia Saturday gave one much food for thought - pun entirely intended. One thought much about whether one had photos of cafes or canteens or shopping but one realised that one has posted them before here. I decided instead to focus on historical photos from Queensland and boy, did I get distracted again.
First of all I found this photo:
|Employees at the Hope's Body Works canteen , Fortitude Valley, Brisbane - courtesy of John Oxely Library State Library of Queensland.|
So that photo led me on a chase to find out all about Hope's Body Works which had the fabulous motto Hope Springs Eternal...Charles Hope, the owner of the company started out making leaf springs and his autobiography bears the same title.
If you want to read more about Charles Hope and his life go here.
Hope's Body Works was located in Fortitude Valley just on the edge of what is now a thriving shopping precinct.
Here are some more photos....
|Assembling Austin cars in Hope's Body Works, Brisbane, 1935-1939 John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland|
|Studying blueprints in Hope Body Works factory, Brisbane John Oxley Library State Library of Queensland|
Now you would think that Hope Body Works and photos thereof would be enough to fill a blog post but no, I had to go off and find out about Green Studios which took the photos of Hope Body Works. I found the most beautiful photo of Green Studios employees in, wait for it.....a cafe....one of the most famous ones in Brisbane.....here it is...
|Staff of Green Photographic Studio celebrating the marriage of Mary Grey, left of photograph at Rowe's Cafe. From left to right seated, M. Grey; Col Williams; Connie Richards; Harry Green; Mrs Green; Elsie Preece; John Gibbons; Monica McWilliam. Standing left to right: Joan Mandsley; Ernie Hollywood; Norma Bowyer;? John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland|
Isn't it a beauty? Now of course I am eager to identify when this photo was taken and who was in it. When I researched Green Studios, I found the following articles....
|New Lighting Equipment for Brisbane Studio. (1938, October 23). Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld. : 1926 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article98005939|
It's not a very clear copy of the article but at least we know that the studio was in the Strand Buildings and that the owner was Mr Green, presumably Harry Green in the photo above taken at the Rowe's Arcade cafe.
Then there was this article
Then there was this article
|Books were 'dummies'. (1951, October 26). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50239851|
Oh dear ......but I also thought this was interesting......a bit of diversification....I wonder if this ever got off the ground. Does anyone remember a picture theatre at Newmarket?
|Advertising. (1946, July 15). The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947), p. 6 Edition: CITY FINAL LAST MINUTE NEWS. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article188723384|
Henry or Harry Burrington Green was born in 1900 to Henry Charles Green (Accountant) and Clara Burrington. He married Maude E. Gray (Paddy) also known as Costello on 20 August 1924.
|Family Notices. (1949, August 20). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 12. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49686095|
Maude was born in 1901 to Florence Ellen Forrest and Gilbert Steel Gray (Steel after his mother Susannah Steele) in 1901. Unfortunately Gilbert Steel Gray died in 1902 and Florence remarried in 1904 to Alexander John Costello. Alexander Costello was a chemist and achieved some notoriety for selling a publication called "Know Thyself" in 1934.
|BOOK DECLARED TO BE OBSCENE. (1934, November 27).The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35635283|
Honestly, I could go on....but really...I have to get to work....see what comes from one photo prompt! If you wanted to see the pamphlet/booklet for yourself you can go and check it out at the State Library of Queensland as per here. I suspect the subject matter may be very similar to this publication written and published by Bishop Samuel Fallows in 1911 which you can find online here.
But my unanswered question really is ...who was Mary Grey?...and do you think she is really Mary Gray? Will we ever know????