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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Old Wool Stores

Old Wool Stores

The derelict old wool store buildings in Newstead, Brisbane, Australia.
A four minute exposure taken at around 3am one evening in 1984. Well before the area was modernised and turned into studio apartments. View full size.

Aromas

I will never forget the smell of the Geelong Wool Stores on a hot summer day back in the late 1950s when we lived there. Add to that the steam locos shunting onto the adjacent piers and what more could a 12 year old ask for. I would go down to the West Geelong rail yards with a friend, and from the pedestrian overpass we watched the action. When I got home my mother immediately knew where I'd been from the coal smoke smell in my clothes. We visited Brisbane when the trams and trolley buses were still running. Not to mention the old swing-door suburban carriages.

Beautiful Colour and Aspect Ratio

It almost looks like someone colorised it very carefully. (FYI: I tried to use AU spelling just for you.)

Still of the night

Nice feel..great color...like a scene from a movie..something is going to happen

 
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