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  • Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    Original Photograph – Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – First Women on the Antarctic

    An original photograph of Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington on their way to the Antarctic (The Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition 1946-48). The first women to winter over on the Antarctic and in Jennie Darlington’s case the first woman to get pregnant on the cold Continent.

    Bright clean photograph with negligible impact from handling a good size 22cm by 18cm

    Jackie real name Edith Ronne was the wife of one of the great mid-century expedition leaders Finn Ronne (his father was with Amundsen). The story goes that the decision for Jackie to go and stay on the Antarctic was made on the preliminary voyage going south and perhaps even more unusual that the glamorous Jennie Darlington, wife of expedition pilot Harry Darlington, was also persuaded on that outbound voyage and that the rational was to avoid any criticism of Finn taking wife Jackie at the last minute mmhhh. Seemingly, the girls did not get on … and spent months on end not talking to each other.

    Regardless of all of that much was accomplished on this the last privately funded Antarctic expedition .. new ground was covered and mapped and pieces of it named after Jackie who proved invaluable in keeping accurate records of the achievements.

    Jackie Ronne and Jennie Darlington – Female Antarctic Pioneers

    $90.00

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  • Le Lys Rouge – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Simone Puget -1914

    Le Lys Rouge – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Simone Puget -1914

    A beautiful hand coloured “Pochoir” by Simone A Puget (1879-1944) for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton published in April 1914.

    Le Lys Rouge “The Red Lily” and a striking outfit by designer Paul Poiret … a gold fabric tunic and green jet embroidered skirt.

    See our pochoir “Salome” also a Puget pochoir of a Paul Poiret design making them a perfect and classy pair.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $160.00 unframed or $290.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style.

    Le Lys Rouge – striking image before its time

    $160.00

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  • Howdah Elephant Bookends by Aronson 1923

    Howdah Elephant Bookends by Aronson 1923

    A nice collectable pair of art deco howdah elephant bookends in a muted gold finish by Aronson, formerly Art Metal Works, and then later to become the Ronson Company.

    Copyright, USA 1923 and manufactured circa that date.Makers mark and dated cast in the design.

    A small bookend … sometime referred to a “bedroom” bookends” for those little treasures you keep by your bedside. Nice condition.

    $180.00

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  • “Rugby” – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Barbier – April 1914

    “Rugby” – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Barbier – April 1914

    An original hand coloured “Pochoir” by George Barbier (1882-1932) the most desirable artist of the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton published in 1914. A very early Bon Ton.

    Rugby and “Costume tailleur de Redfern” … a stylish outfit by English designer John Redfern (1853-1919), in snowy cheviot (a soft luxurious wool weave from the Cheviot sheep, with a small black vest in the finest silk Ottoman, fastened with braided black frogs.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $340.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style

    Much sought after George Barbier

    $340.00

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  • Egyptian (Isis and Osiris) Trade Cards – 1920’s

    Egyptian (Isis and Osiris) Trade Cards – 1920’s

    A group of six very colourful trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty Fray products. Printed and issued around 1920. Complete 11cm by 7 cm each in very good condition.

    Titled Isis and Osiris they have text about each image on the back in Italian making them doubly useful!

    Special Egyptian set with striking colours and imagery.

    $80.00

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  • Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    Thomas Cook’s – Tours of Egypt the Nile, Sudan, Palestine and Syria -1928

    We love this 110 page brochure advertising Thomas Cook’s tours in the style of Poirot and Death on the Nile.

    It would take us a week to explain the depth of information, photographs, maps, intricate details of each of the numerous vessels with photos of the cabins, saloons etc. End paper maps and layout of each of the vessels.

    Very good condition albeit some pencil annotations of a planned holiday – luck bastards!

    Comprehensive view of Egypt and Palestine in the 1920’s

    $90.00

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