Vintage Cameras

David loved old cameras and he had a growing collection of them and other photographic memorabilia . I have always found them interesting myself and intend to keep most of them although I may have to cut down the numbers of old 110 instamatic cameras as there seem to be rather a lot of them. Today I thought I’d share photos of a couple of cameras I especially like.

This one here has always rather fascinated me. David told me that it was a press camera. It is a medium format camera, quite bulky and solid. They were made between the 1950s and mid 1980s. I’m not sure what year this particular model dates from.

Here is an older one sorry it is not a good photo. When we are settled in our new house I hope to have at least some of the camera’s out on display and I will photograph them again.

One of David’s old cameras.

This next one is an early Kodak No.1 which is called a pocket camera. I guess people had bigger pockets then. Seriously these would have been as revolutionary as the first iPhone cameras seemed to us when they came out.


Duraflex twin lens camera

Duaflex twin lens camera

This last one for today is also a Kodak. The Duaflex which is a twin lens camera. David had the model which was made in England which dates it to around 1949-51. There was also an US made version which I think was made for a bit longer.This camera took 620 film which looks similar to 120 and I believe it is possible to use 120 in this camera but you have to wind it round the correct spool.

There were so many different types of film back then 120, 126 which was cartridge film, 127, 110, 620 and probably a few more I don’t know.  I must say digital has made life a lot easier. Nevertheless the old cameras are fascinating and often beautifully made as well. Even the cheap plastic ones have their own interesting features.

Anyway I hope you have enjoyed a little look at some old cameras.

The Great Australian Pie

This is a piece I first posted in December 2014 and I thought that I’d rerun it. In Australia we don’t have a National Pie Day like they do in the USA. (It was on 23 January in case you missed it) We probably should because Australians love their meat pies. So here is my edited post on The Great Australian Pie.

meat pie and tomato sauce by is licensed under a Meat pie and sauce. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

meat pie and tomato sauce by is licensed under a Meat pie and sauce.
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

I saw an item on the news about how Australian entrepreneurs are trying to introduce Americans to the good old Aussie pie. It was a fun story and reminded me of the time back in the eighties when I used to have penfriends in the USA. That was how I learned that Americans don’t eat meat pies the way we do. I still find that hard to grasp  Pies have been part of my life ever since we first came to Australia and I guess I just thought that everyone ate pies.  I thought pies would be something that would be familiar to Americans who are always talking about pie, for dessert at least.

One of the would be pie sellers even had what I thought was an Adelaide specialty, the pie floater. A pie floater is a meat pie turned upside down and served in a bowl of pea soup and topped with tomato sauce. It looks pretty fearsome, bright green soup and bright red sauce. I didn’t try one until David bought me one at the Pie Cart outside the Adelaide Railway Station when we were first going out together. If you can get over how it looks it’s really good to eat. When my American penfriend Christie came to visit we took her to the Pie Cart too and she bravely tried one and admitted that she quite liked it. The Pie Cart at the Adelaide station was great. It wasn’t the only one in the city, there was another at the Town Hall but it was the one that I went to most often. In those days it was one of the few places open late at night. It was not uncommon to see well dressed people who had come from the Festival Centre or the Casino eating a Pie Floater at the counter next to a worker on a late shift. You might even see an MP from the nearby Parliament House after a late sitting. We often stopped there for a hot drink before catching the last train home in the days before we had a car.  When I worked late at the station it was a handy place to get a drink or a snack in my late break.

On our last visit to Adelaide I was upset to see that the Pie Cart had gone. The Casino is located in the upper part of the railway station and apparently I believe that management had wanted it gone for some years but what did it in the end ws the extension of the city tram line down North Terrace past the station. Still I feel sure that the pie cart could have been relocated nearby.  I believe you can still get a Pie Floater at one of the other Pie Carts but for me it’s not the same.


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Pie floater in Adelaide SA“. Licensed under PD via Wikipedia.

The Sydney version of the Floater is a pie with mushy peas but I’ve never had that. I imagine it is similar. The place to get those is Harry’s Cafe de Wheels. The original Harry’s was and still is in Wooloomooloo but now it is a franchise and operates from several locations around Sydney. I have yet to visit a Harry’s. Maybe on my next trip.

In the 1970s this advertisement for Holden cars featured a catchy jingle with the lyrics “We love football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars.” most people soon learned the words by heart.

Everyone has their favourite brand of pie and they can vary from state to state.  In my childhood we had Balfour’s and Gibbs. Later we discovered Four’n’Twenty pies and later, in Adelaide, Vili’s pies started up. Vili’s make very nice pies. The owner has a Hungarian background and their goulash pies are the best.  Here in Tasmania we have National Pies and they are good pies too.

Cheap pies don’t have much meat in them, it’s nearly all gravy and will drip all over you as soon as you bite into it. I prefer a chunkier pie myself with lots of meat and not much gravy. Well actually what I really like is a Cornish Pasty but we’re talking about pies right now. Real Aussies like sauce in or on their pies. I’m not a real Aussie and I’m not a big fan of tomato sauce so I don’t.

If you can’t get pies in your part of the world here is a link to a recipe on






Snapshot Sunday: Ovation of the Seas and a Blogging Break

Ovation of the Seas Hobart 2017

As you read this post Naomi and I will be jetting off to Sydney to begin our cruise to Singapore on Ovation of the Seas. We will be away for three weeks and while we will try to check in to the blogs when we can we don’t really want to buy expensive ships internet for the duration of the voyage so we won’t be posting about the trip until after we return.  I have scheduled a few posts to appear while we’re gone but obviously we won’t be participating in challenges and there may be delays in our answering comments.

We’ll be back around the middle of April.

Share Your World 2018 – 20 March

Sharing My World This Week

What is your earliest memory?

The earliest memory I have that I know is my own not something I was told is of looking down from a bridge and seeing the railway line and trains below. It was in Clacton on Sea and the bridge was on the way to the local Recreation Ground.  My grandparents lived in Clacton and we used to visit them for a week or two every summer. When I was about six or seven I was puzzled that I could no longer see the trains when we went over the bridge as the guard rail was too high for me to see over. I asked mum why this was as  I knew I had seen the trains before. Mum told me that my grandfather used to lift me up to see them when they looked after me before Naomi was born. I was two years old. I suppose it says something about me that I remember the trains but not my grandfather lifting me.

Clacton Station in more recent times courtesy of Wikemedia.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

These days I’m not too fussy but it should be over so that you can do the little pointy fold at the end.

What makes you feel grounded?

I think I have a strong sense of place. I always feel grounded at home with my own things and my pets around me. I feel part of the community I live in. I don’t think I could be a transient  even though I like to travel I need a home to go back to.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Last Friday I went to Hobart to do some errands, new shoes and a few other small things I needed for our holiday as well as getting my hair cut. When I arrived I saw that there was a cruise ship in port. Passing a local coffee shop that always welcomes cruise passengers with a chalkboard sign I discovered that it was Explorer of the Seas . It’s just over two years now since we cruised on her so after I’d done my shopping I went down to the waterfront to say hello. I have a bit of a soft spot for this ship even though we’ll soon be sailing away on a much larger one.

Explorer of the Seas, Hobart 16 March 2918.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bikes of any kind

Pedal Power and Horsepower

Here are a few photos from the archives. The bicycles were all taken in Melbourne in 2014. There was a Jehovah’s Witness conference on at the time and I spotted these bikes sitting on the footpath. I was also interested in the hire bike stands around the city.

The motorcycle photos were taken on Explorer of the Seas, I had fun playing with that one in editing, and at the Motor Museum in Launceston.

The opinions expressed on this sign are not necessarily those of the photographer

Cycling in Melbourne

Bikes for Hire Melbourne.

Hire Bikes in Melbourne 2014

Motorcycle artwork Explorer of the Seas

Motorcycles in a museum in Launceston.

Snapshot Sunday: Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas, Hobart March 2018.

On Friday I went to Hobart to do some errands. I saw that there was a cruise ship in port and from the chalkboard of a local coffee shop learned that it was Explorer of the Seas. It’s just over two years since we sailed on this ship and only a week now till we set off on our next adventure. I didn’t have my camera with me so as I wanted to practice using it anyway I took this with my phone.