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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Just Add Water: 1959

Just Add Water: 1959

August 27, 1959. Wellington, New Zealand. "Swimsuit fashion show at James Smiths Ltd." Another picturesque scene from the mysterious parallel universe of the Southern Anglosphere. Evening Post photo. View full size.

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Winter in New Zealand

We are in winter at this time. I live 90 mins drive from where the photo was taken. James Smith Ltd is a department store and commonly known as 'James Smith Corner'. Great to see these photos of my country on Shorpy.

Seasons reversed

Down Under, August is the equivalent of a northerly February, with days and nights in the 50's and 40's Farenheit. These cuties are getting ready for the hot weather ahead in December and January!

Is It Cold Out?

OK - its late August but the lady on the right behind the mike is wearing a heavy coat, hat, and scarf. Is is safe to assume this is one of those "end of season sales", and only the models (or perhaps customers) are trying on the goods. The lady on the left with her back to the camera also appears not to be in summer clothing. Wonder what the temperature was outside that day?

[Seeing as how it's winter, it probably is cold out. -tterrace]

Two pointing fingers?

The little girl on the far left has her index finger pointing toward the floor and the blonde sitting on the right? Her index is just out there also , yet she is looking at the girl. Interesting.. maybe it's a unified way to say "we're number one"?

Remarkably Lifelike

It's amazing how realistic those mannequins looked back then. But considering New Zealand's place on the globe, aren't these figures almost standing upside down??

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