DC3td, with that Forum name I thought you'd be right up on your aircraft!
The fighter is a Hurricane and the plane in the background maybe a Hudson bomber, not enough for me to tell, I'm not an expert but certainly did my share of modelling when a bit younger. The car looks like a Bentley, or some such large English car.
It all looks a bit staged like a propaganda shot, fighter, fast car, flyers waiting, the faithful mutt, mechanic in overalls smoking a pipe, what more could you want? Except that funny garbage can, it could have been moved out of view. Did we ever have that shape and size, I've never seen one, looks like a pommie dustbin to me.
I can see Cobber enlarging this photo and making a copy of the cammo pattern for his ali van as I type!
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 17, 2015 21:20:54 GMT 10
Hi DC3Td and Griffin,
I did a reverse image search - it just amazes me what the internet enables you to do - and came up with a list of websites the photo in question has been posted on. I can tell you it's a pretty popular pic and has been posted many times!
Anyway, it appears the original internet source of the photo is the Imperial War Museums website here. The caption for the photo is:
"Fighter pilots of No. 111 Squadron RAF relax with a pet dog outside outside their caravan at a dispersal at Wick, Caithness, alongside a Hawker Hurricane Mark I of the Squadron."
Wick in Caithness is on the north tip of Scotland, not all that far from John o' Groats. The photo comes from the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection and was taken by Mr B J Daventry, Royal Air Force official photographer sometime during the war. I guess, given that the photo was taken by an RAF official photographer it may have been posed, but then again possibly not. Maybe he was just a good photographer with an eye for a great photo.
Good to find out a bit about the photo you posted DC3Td, so thanks for posting it. It really is evocative - pity it's not of one of those elusive Wolfenden caravans all the same...
That caravan cafe from Lismore , behind the Austin truck, has been completely restored, & is a permanent pie cart next to Lismore post office. I'll try to take some shots of it tomorrow if the weather allows.
This is the Lismore pie Cart as it sits today. It was restored externally a few years back, when it was relocated across the road to its new location
I remember it from when I moved up here in 1980, when it was operating in its gray colours. I know its not a van, but appears to have possibly been a semi trailer bus from early 50's, but maybe someone else will know more.
Its certainly a part of Lismores living history
I believe that model Austin was sold (at least) between 1950 & 1958, but I'm no expert on Austin Trucks.
Thanks for posting the current photo of the Pie Cart in Lismore. It's great to see its been restored & being used.
I vividly recall it from my childhood in Lismore in the 1950's, looking just like the old photo in the previous post. Being a small child at the time though, I could have sworn it was 3 times as long as in the first photo!!
It used to be parked under the big fig trees up from the Rowing Club near the River. It was strategically located opposite the New England Bus Co terminal from which regular buses took people all over the NSW North Coast. It was a long cold journey on mostly gravel roads to places such as Tenterfield & Armidale so passengers got ready for the trip with a pie & a checked Onkaparinga rug. A different world!
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 24, 2015 10:49:15 GMT 10
Postcard photo of the camping ground at Warrnambool, Vic
The Ford single spinner in the centre of the photo suggests that it might have been taken sometime in the early to mid 50's, although most of the vehicles and caravans look to be from an earlier period.
(Source: Posted on the Lost Warrnambool FaceBook page here)
The photo is a reminder of how caravan parks used to be - all grass (if you were lucky), no sealed roadways, caravans parked fairly haphazardly around and often very close together, more tents. And note the range of caravan shapes and styles.
I'm wondering if the little cream van in the bottom left hand corner might be a little Globe Trotter, an earlier version of the van shown here?
Judging from the FE and/or FC Holdens that can be seen, the photo must have been taken in 1956 or later.