I have hundreds of photos in my collection, but very few of internal spaces that are not focused on clusters of people around a dinner table or people talking in groups. Very few of these photos expose the interior design styles or quirks of the era. Below is a series of 3 photos taken circa 1959 that give a little bit of an idea of that period, at least for the working class.
The Context of the Images
Judy Todman & John Williamson’s first home together in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. The couple moved initially to the Grampians in country Victoria and lived in a caravan while John took on odd jobs close by in Stawell and Judy worked as a nurse in the local hospital. The photos were probably taken to send home to Judy’s family back in Melbourne. The furnishings came with the house.
John fancied himself as a serious amateur photographer and may have developed the photos himself after taking them. The originals photographs are black and white, 3 inches by 2 inches and have sustained quite a bit of surface damage from light scratching.
The photos are staged which probably explains why the bookcase ornaments in one photo are found relocated to the mantelpiece in the following photograph.
A Panoramic View of the living room
|Figure 1 Photographer John Williamson, Interior of Lounge room in Hamilton Victoria Australia viewpoint 1, circa 1959 [T318]|
When did indoor plants become a thing? I was surprised to see the small indoor planter stand with a single plant in it. The bookcase holds boxes of slides reflecting mostly Johns but also Judy’s interest in photography.
|Figure 2 Photographer John Williamson, Interior of Lounge room in Hamilton Victoria Australia viewpoint 2, circa 1959 [T319]|
The room is mostly bare with solid furniture and very light curtains. The vinyl records are sitting on top of what could be a stereo player or the speaker to the stereo player on the other wall. The photos on the wall in a cluster of buildings.
|Figure 3 Photographer John Williamson, Interior of Lounge room in Hamilton Victoria Australia viewpoint 3, circa [T320]|
There was no TV in these days, listening to the stereo; sitting in front of the fire and/or reading were ways to fill in the evenings after work and dinner.
This post is part of SEPIA SATURDAY 403 - 27 January 2018