Wednesday, 13 November 2013

urban archaeology

That's how I often think of op shopping, as urban archaeology. I often go not just to shop but to explore the past, the past as recent as yesterday and as long as decades ago. Today, peering inside this unassuming wardrobe:

I uncovered this fascinating piece of social history:

When was this built? What constituted European labour in West Brunswick at that time? And what other (immigrant) labour are they defining themselves against?


DIAN said...

I love to see the labels on old furniture. I can imagine those old furniture shops where the goods were made on the premises.

linda said...

European labour only means not Asian, I have several pieces with this stamp so I asked an antique dealer friend.

Gina E. said...

And I bet the carpentry is perfectly worked.

RobynJ said...

Amelia. This website talks about the European Labour Only stamp. For all the White Australia Policy and anti Asian sentiment that is implied it does mean, though, that the furniture was made in the first half of the 20th century.