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Memento : Issue 28
18 MEMENTO News from the National Archives NAA: A1500, K11006 Memories of summers past Memories of summers past To many Australians, memories of childhood summers conjure up fond images of carefree sunny days by the sea, cricket on the beach and body surfing between the flags. In those innocent times, often the hardest decision was deciding which flavoured paddle pop to buy! They were wonderful, lazy days. To tap into that vein of nostalgia, we're presently researching images for a photographic exhibition recalling the Australian summer lifestyle of the 1950s and 1960s. Tentatively titled Summers Past, the exhibition will feature a host of memorable images such as our cover photograph of the finalists in the 1952 Miss Pacific contest. Already we've discovered a colourful array of pictures -- men and women baring and baking their bodies on packed beaches, crowds at the NSW Open Tennis tournament at White City, guests lazing by motel pools and in seaside caravan parks, and toddlers skinny-dipping in the shallows. Some of the photographs disclose the popular fashions of the day including the skimpy mini-skirts, sling-back shoes and curious hairstyles favoured by many women and the rather daggy shirts and plain trousers sported by the men. And it's quite evident that terry towelling hats were a big hit all those years ago too! One particularly interesting picture we unearthed shows the Sea Breeze sandwich bar in Surfer's Paradise -- a 1960s beachside kiosk open on three sides and complete with wooden stools for customers who liked to linger over their milkshakes. The Sea Breeze menu board offers an enticing selection of sandwiches including cheese, sardine or tomato for the princely sum of 15 cents each and pure fruit pineapple crush for just 12 cents! Those were the days. Summers Past is planned to open in our Canberra building from December 2005, providing visitors with a gentle reminder of a time when the sun held no fears and there wasn't a mobile phone in sight. Watch for precise dates on our website.