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Pretty or Plane? New Plymouth Airport

20 February 2015

Is this “one of the prettiest airports in New Zealand”? People certainly thought so when New Plymouth’s new airport opened in March 1967.  Replacing Bell Block’s old grass runway that had been in use since the 1920s, the... read more

Cutting Photographs

28 September 2014

In 1854, James Ambrose Cutting (1814-67) from Boston, United States of America, patented the ambrotype. Made on a glass support, ambrotypes are one-of-a-kind photographic images. They are created using a wet-plate collodion process, where a liquid... read more

Aerial View

08 June 2014

Referred to as “the Google Earth of its day,” Whites Aviation Ltd showed New Zealand as the public had never seen it before. The Auckland company’s aerial photographs – still adorning many lounge walls today –... read more

Air Queens

14 April 2014

A good personality and common sense: these were the qualities favoured by judges of the “Queen of the Air Race” contest. Held by Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), the forerunner to Air New Zealand in operation from 1940-1965, the... read more

A Dash of Colour

24 July 2013

In the days before affordable and accurate colour film, photographic studios employed specialist staff to add a dash of colour to their black and white prints.  As hand-colouring was costly and required considerable skill, it was typically reserved... read more

A Beautiful Portrait

10 June 2013

We are often discouraged from using the term ‘beautiful’ – what does ‘beautiful’ mean, anyway?  However, Swainson’s Studios photograph of Palma Joy Hopkins invites associations with beauty.  The... read more

Ellis Marian Rowan photograph

13 November 2009

From the look of the delicate woman portrayed in this photograph, it is hard to imagine her travelling throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and New Guinea. In fact, Ellis Marian Rowan, the wife of Captain... read more