1911 Garage Mural To Be Restored


Hello Fans of the 1911 Mural on King Street Newtown

Here’s some good news. I received it a week ago and just got permission to publish. I had been in touch with The Powerhouse Museum about this rare treasure in Australian commercial art. They passed my email and pictures on to more specialist museums…

“Greg

You may be surprised to hear from us, but the info re the c1911 mural at Newtown was referred to us by the Powerhouse Museum as an item of interest. We have been to the site, measured a few critical bits, and the committee has decided to reproduce the mural in a prominent spot here at The Australian Motorlife Museum!  Whilst the wall in question may not be destroyed by developers, it will almost certainly be covered by the erection of a replacement building on the burnt out site.  We have access to resources which will allow us to do so authentically, and will very soon be speaking with a couple of “tame” signwriters who can do the work.  All in all we trust you will see that this is about as good a result as can be managed in the circumstances.  (Some of our people thought I would be up at Newtown bringing the thing here brick by brick, but of course the people in the shop whose outer wall carries this signage may not like the breeze?

A search of the tenants of this site reveal the probability that the only relevant tenant was in 1911/12.

Regards

Wendy Muddell

Hon Curator

The Australian Motorlife Museum

For those of you who aren’t up-to-date on what I’m talking about, here is the link to the original post on this blog about the 1911 mural, how I dated it, and a description of the motor products it advertises: Demolition Reveals 1911 Garage Wall Ad, King Street Newtown

And here’s a link to a later entry on this blog after the historic commercial artwork was vandalised with baby scribble. The comments tell the story of what readers, residents, art lovers and grafitti artists felt. (It was attacked a second time by some mushroom practicing their signature, too, but most of that’s been repaired by an unknown hand): Rare 1911 Newtown Art Work Defaced By Lame Tagger

Here’s some photos I took of the signage before it was pratted…

Hand-Painted Waratah Motor Spirit Sign From 1911
Hand-Painted Waratah Motor Spirit Sign From 1911
Perdriau Tyres Logo - The Oldest Extant?. Before it was painted over by Rod & Todd
Perdriau Tyres Logo - The Oldest Extant?. Before it was painted over by Rod & Todd

Feel free to comment and to email and thank The Motor Life Museum

Kate & Andrew’s Glamorous 1920s-30s Style Wedding


Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadacasters – we get to play for all the best people. Every wedding we play at is warm and wonderful. Kate and Andrew’s 1930s themed wedding at Lillianfels was no exception. What a joy! Kate wrote…

“You were fantastic!!!! Before we entered the room we could hear you from outside. I said to my new husband “listen to them, our wedding is awesome!!!!” You made the party! Thank you so much for coming”

Thank you, Kate & Andrew. Below are some happy snaps of the band taken at Kate & Andrew’s wedding. Please visit our website. We look forward to adding glamorous vintage sparkle to your wedding, too!

Greg Poppleton, Sydney's only authentic 1920s & 30s singer in dinner suit. Kate & Andrew's wedding theme was 1930s
Greg Poppleton, Sydney's only authentic 1920s & 30s singer in dinner suit. Kate & Andrew's wedding theme was 1920s
Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Kate & Andrew's Wedding
Bakelite Jazz at Kate & Andrew's Wedding
Greg Poppleton singing with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters at Kate & Andrew's Wedding, Lillianfels
Greg Poppleton singing with Bakelite Jazz at Kate & Andrew's Wedding, Lillianfels
Monique Lysiak on piano. You may know her from the all women Sirens Big Band
Monique Lysiak on piano. You may know her from the all women Sirens Big Band
Al Davey, trumpet. Like Monique he plays in lots of bands, because he's very, very good
Al Davey, trumpet. Like Monique he plays in lots of bands, because he's very, very good
Mark Harris on double bass. Where have you seen Mark before? Lah-Lah's, Monsieur Camenbert and top name bands like Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters - because he, too, is very, very good
Mark Harris on double bass. Where have you seen Mark before? Lah-Lahs, Monsieur Camembert and top name bands like Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters - because he, too, is very, very good
Laurie Bennett - one of Sydney's top drummers. He's played in all the big theatre and TV bands, backed too many jazz greats to list here and has even played in the big bands of Cliff Richards, Harry Secombe and Liza Minelli
Laurie Bennett - one of Sydney's top drummers. He's played in all the big theatre and TV bands, backed too many jazz greats to list here and has even played in the big bands of Cliff Richards, Harry Secombe and Liza Minelli

Visit Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters‘ website to book the 1920s-30s trio-sextet for your wedding, corporate event and party

Old Style Photo Booth At 1920s Themed Party


Did you ever use one of those old photo booths tucked away in a railway station or shopping centre where you’d pull aside a curtain, crowd into the tiny booth with a pile of friends, perch on a tiny stool, and for a dollar get a rectangle of four black and white snaps? If my description doesn’t ring a bell for you quite yet, this is what one of these photo booths look like…

Model17 Photo Booth
Model17 Photo Booth

Well, Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters were playing a 1920s themed party recently, and the party organisers hired one of these booths for their guests to take photos of themselves. What a hit!

First, just to paint the scene of this 1920s party, here is a photo of part of Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters snapped on stage at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney.

Incidentally, Greg Poppleton also leads, with ARIA nominated jazz trumpet festival headliner, Geoff Power, one hot Great Gatsby 1920s Dance Orchestra, The Lounge Bar Lotharios. Check them out, live at the Glen Street Theatre…

Greg Poppleton singing with the Bakelite Broadcasters at a 1920s themed Great Gatsby Party
Greg Poppleton, authentic 1920s - 1930s singer with Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters, Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney.

And Greg Poppleton and the Bakelite Broadcasters’ latest YouTube 1920s-30s album mix has now clocked over a quarter of a million views…

Tony can help you have the band for your occasion, too: T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

Now, to the photo booth: ‘The Original Photo Company‘ is the only business in Australia still operating these black and white photo booths with the original technology, using their own special black and white photographic formula. And they hire them out for corporate events, weddings, birthdays, parties and celebrations of all kinds

Here’s your truly’s Photo Booth mug shots. You can find out more about having these photo booths at your party by visiting www.originalphotoboothhire.com.au.

PS: Tony can help you have the band for your occasion, too: T: 02 9567 7171 | M: 0407 941 263 | E: OzManagement

Greg Poppleton - Original Photo Booth Mug Shots Taken At A 1920s Themed Event
Greg Poppleton - Original Photo Booth Mug Shots Taken At A 1920s Themed Event

Rare 1911 Newtown Art Work Defaced By Lame Tagger


Sydney’s rarest commercial artwork, the 1911 garage hoarding unearthed on a wall in Newtown, having not seen the light of day since 1915, has been defaced by a creep

See below to see what’s been done. No technique. No talent. No artistic ability. Simply embarrassing. Even my 8 year old described it as ‘scribble’. It’s the juvenile scrawl of someone’s spoilt little brat desperately seeking attention. “Look at me, Mummy. Look at me!”

Luckily, I’d taken some photos and reported on the history of this vintage mural before the dog cocked his leg on it. Here’s the link to the wall as finished by the original artists :https://gregpoppleton.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/840/

Feel free to put your guesses on what the moron was written in the comment box below. Defacing artwork is as stupid as burning books. I’d say little boy lame wrote,’KICK ME’. What do you think?

Rare 1911 Newtown Art Defaced By Lame Tagger
Rare 1911 Newtown Art Defaced By Lame Tagger

Demolition Reveals 1911 Garage Wall Ad, King Street Newtown


This Tuesday’s and Saturday’s Phantom Dancer features Spotlight Bands’ ‘Band of the Week’ for 31 January 1942. It’s Sammy Kaye, over the Blue Network

His best-selling record that got him the ‘Band of the Week’ gig? A ditty entitled ‘Remember Pearl Harbour’

Turns out NBC interrupted a Sammy Kaye program to break the news of Pearl Harbour being bombed, 7 December 1941. Hence the message song. And like all message songs, well – you be the judge

See the full play list for this week’s Phantom Dancer after these exciting pics

That’s right, photos. Instead of a Video of the Week, I’m posting some exciting archeological photos I took for you just a few hours ago.

There was a fire near me recently. A dry cleaners burnt to the ground. The building has been demolished. And behind a demolished wall a well-preserved painted advertisement has been revealed

I guessed by the artwork and fonts that the ad was from 1911. A quick look at the Sands Directory tells me I’m about right. The Sands Directory was an annual listing of everyone who lived in Sydney with their addresses and occupations. The last Sands was published in 1932

In 1910, according to Sands, the site of the demolished dry cleaners was the Newtown Carriage Works — Arthur Dunn, proprietor. In 1911, it became H. Phippen’s motor garage. He was a motor engineer. By 1912, Phippen had left and Arthur Dunn’s Coachbuilding business had returned. Or, perhaps, between 1911 – 1914, the site was shared between the coach building and garage businesses – new technology piggybacking on the old. By 1915 the site was occupied by an upholsterer

Because of a locked wire gate I couldn’t get a full shot of this huge, vibrant ad from the street. So below is a series of shots covering the entire wall I took from the footpath. In this first photo, note ‘Cars for Hire’ and ‘Waratah Motor Spirit’. What would have been the demand for Car hire in 1911? Was H. Phippen ahead of his time? Did low demand beat his business? It’s not listed in the Sands Directory for 1912

1911 Garage Wall Ad - King St, Newtown
1911 Garage Wall Ad - King St, Newtown

Waratah Motor Spirit appears to have still been around in 1925 when you could buy it from twelve outlets around Sydney, according to an ad in the Sydney Morning Herald dated 28 Jan 1925. As you can see in the bottom of the wall ad, Waratah, was a product of the Neptune Oil Company. Neptune Oil began in Australia in 1905. A motoring website says Neptune’s Waratah brand was introduced in 1917. This ad proves the motoring historian wrong. The site became an upholsterers in 1915. An upholsterer wouldn’t be putting up an all-weather sign visible to passing motorists for Motor Spirit

Perdriau Tyres Sign - is this the earlist extant?
Perdriau Tyres Sign - is this the earliest extant?

Perdriau Tyres? Henry Perdriau entered the rubber importing business in Sydney in 1888. His Perdriau Rubber Co. Ltd. started manufacturing rubber parts in 1904 and finally merged with Dunlop in 1929 to form Dunlop Perdriau Rubber Co. Ltd. Could this be the earliest Perdriau wall sign extant? A Perdriau glass lantern slide ad from 1924 – 29 exists in the ANU Digital Collection in Canberra

Detail of the Waratah Motor Spirit sign
Detail of the Waratah Motor Spirit sign

It’s hard to see in the photo below, but on site I could just make out the phone number L1905. L stood for 5 and was the area prefix for Newtown and surrounding Inner West Sydney suburbs. Sydney phone numbers used one and two letter prefixes until the mid-1960s. The code was: A = 1, B = 2, F = 3, J = 4, L = 5, M = 6, U = 7, W = 8, X = 9, Y = 0

Garage and Phone Number L1905
Garage and Phone Number L1905

Some more pics. The sign-writing is of an extremely high standard. The Waratah is a beautiful piece of commercial art. The amount of effort involved in sign writing such a huge space by hand is quite extraordinary, especially if they used, as my grandfather did about the same time as a house painter, individually mixed paints. My grandfather would crush blocks of pigment with a mortar & pestle and mix the powder with linseed oil and I guess some kind of fixer. I particularly like the blue used in the top band of the sign. It’s a colour you don’t see now. The uneven durability of hand-made paint is revealed in the preservation of the different colours. The green lettering for the phone number and the red fill for the Waratah are the most deteriorated

Having been protected by the sun and weather for almost a hundred years by a brick wall, this is a most amazingly intact piece of commercial pre-WWI art

A new building will be erected on the site. Will the sign survive another 100 years? After the photos you’ll see the play list for this week’s Phantom Dancer on 2SER

Here’s this week’s Phantom Dancer play list. Enjoy the show on your radio!

Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney

Tuesday 29 November 2011
12 noon – 1:30pm (+11 hours GMT)

Live stream on 2ser.com

Saturday 3 December 2011
12 noon – 1:30pm (+11 hours GMT)

Live stream on 2ser.com

The Wireless
Lobby Lud
Set 1
Theme (I’ll See You In My Dreams) + Got The Sun In The Morning
Leighton Noble Orchestra (voc) Helen Lynn
‘One Night Stand’
Starlight Roof
Waldorf Astoria Hotel

AFRS Re-broadcast
21 Jun 1946

Moonlight Serenade (theme) + At Sundown

Glenn Miller Orchestra
Glen Island Casino
New Rochelle
WEAF NBC Red NY
Oct 1939

Intro + Careless Hands

Frank Siantra and the hit Paraders (voc) Axel Stordahl Orchestra

‘Your Hit Parade’
KFI NBC LA
20 Apr 1949

What Will I Tell My Heart? + Blue Skies (Close)

Jo Stafford (voc) Victor Young Orchestra
‘Your Melody Hour’
NBC/AFRS
5 Aug 1951
Set 2
Maramao, Perche Sei Morto?
Maria Jottini & Trio Lescano with Orchestra
Rome
1939
Comes Love
Paul Whiteman Orchestra
‘Chesterfield Show’
WABC CBS NY
9 Aug 1939
Birmingham Special + Theme
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra
‘GI Jive’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
Blue Skies + Close
Bob Chester
Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Panther Room
Hotel Sherman
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Oct 1944
Set 3

Open + Elmers Tune + Let’s Have Another Cup Of Coffee + Remember Pearl Harbour + Close
Sammy Kaye Orchestra (voc) Band & The 3 Kaydettes
‘Spotlight Bands’
Blue Network
Washington DC
21 Feb 1942
Set 4

Blue Room Jump
Count Basie Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WABC CBS NY
May 1944
Honeysuckle Rose
Harry James Orchestra (g) Allen Reuss
Palladium Ballroon
KNX CBS LA
1943
1-2-3-4 Jump
Woody Herman Orchestra
‘Woody Herman Show’
WABC CBS NY
27 Sep 1944
Flying Home
Benny Goodman Quintet
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1948
Set 5

Eine Insel Aus Traeumen Geboren
Hans Rehmstedt Orchestra (voc) Rudi Schuricke
Comm Rec
Berlin
Dec 1938
Bewildered
Les Brown Orchestra (voc) Billy Eckstine
Radio Transcription
Hollywood
Sep 1949
Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues
Lena Horne (voc) Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
‘Jubilee’
AFRS Hollywood
1944
To Each His Own
Claude Thornhill Orchestra
Steel Pier
Atlantic City NJ
NBC
24 Aug 1956
Set 6
Confirmation
Ben Webster Quintet
Aircheck
1962
C Jam Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘Date With The Duke’
Paradise Theatre
ABC Detroit
19 May 1945
Four
Buddy Rich Quartet
Birdland
WRCA NBC NY
7 Nov 1958

Victoria Room-Bakelite Jazz September 28


Very excited! Just got the pics from the most recent appearance by Greg Poppleton & Bakelite Jazz at the swank Victoria Room, Level 1, 235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

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Sunday night is Carnival Night in the Victoria Room – music, acrobats, magicians and burlesque – all from 7 – 10pm

“What is this magical place?” I hear you ask. Well, I’ll quote from their website for you: “The Victoria Room restaurant and bar in Sydney’s Darlinghurst is an ultra smooth dining establishment. Richly decorated in British-Raj style, this exotic dining room and award-winning cocktail bar exude bon-vivant chic.”

Now see for yourself. Check out the band pics at te Victoria Room by Rick Monk

Greg Poppleton and Bakelite Jazz played two sets for Carnival diners. First, as a duo, with Greg crooning the songs of the 1920s and 1930s backed by Grahame Conlon on guitar…

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Then, later in the evening, Stan Valacos, joined in on double bass,

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And just like the band’s July appearance in the Victoria Room – it was full house. That doesn’t mean crowded and uncomfortable, either. In the Victoria Room, a full house is buzzy and alive. It’s that kind of space. You feel good

You can feel good and have Greg Poppleton and Bakelite Jazz at your place, too. Or have us at your wedding, corporate function, Great Gatsby and Underbelly Razor party. You can have the band as small as a duo and as big as a sextet – and everything in between. We can even play without electricity! Simply call or email me (Greg) at the band’s official website to discuss your requirements

We look forward to enhancing the magic of your evening soon

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Band Plays Melbourne Cup at Manly Pavilion


Hello Bakeliters,

This Melbourne Cup found Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Trio entertaining diners on the harbour in the spectacular Manly Pavilion. The Manly Pavilion is one of Sydney’s exciting, new, top-line restaurants. You’ll find it in a beautiful 1933 deco building right on the water at Manly Cove Beach.

The Pavilion was full of happy guests dressed up for race day, enjoying the spectacular food, wines and harbour views that Manly Pavilion has to offer

Greg Poppleton’s Bakelite Trio serenaded guests after the cup was run with songs from the 1930s, since we were in a 1930s heritage building, and with requests from the era by guests. In the trio was myself as Sydney’s only authentic 1920s and 1930s singer with Peter Locke on piano and Darcy Wright, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the world’s top ten jazz double bassists, on, well, you guessed it

Here’s a short clip of the trio playing Gus Arnheim’s 1931 hit, ‘Sweet & Lovely’ with myself crooning. I was unaware of the catwalk parade of Melbourne Cup fashions in the background while I was singing (on the TV put up to show the races on Cup Day) until I saw the film back. Voila! An instant video clip! Enjoy…

If you don’t know about Manly Pavilion yet, here’s a good, clear description I found online:

“Awarded 1 Chef’s Hat -The Age Good Food Guide 2012 – ‘Best New Restaurant’
Originally built in 1933 as a dressing room for the comfort of bathers, the heritage-listed Manly Pavilion has been restored to its original grandeur and beauty boasting soaring ceilings, an Italian marble terrazzo balcony and unrivalled views of Sydney Harbour. The modern Australian menu, created by Tony Gibson, former head chef at Astral, has a focus on local produce.” BestResturants.com.au

I can personally tell you that the food is fantastic!

I’ve also taken the liberty of posting for you a view of Manly Pavilion from the harbour, taken from the above website

Manly Pavillion
Manly Pavilion

Eventhough I was pushing a trolley of PA equipment across Sydney, I found it really easy and enjoyable to get to Manly Pavilion. After taking the train to Circular Quay, I hopped on the Manly Ferry for a laid-back half-hour boat ride across the harbour. This is what tourists pay thousands to do. And I was doing it to play at Manly Pavilion! So on the way back I took a happy snap of the blue Pacific in early evening as the ferry was passing South Head. What a beautiful day!

To enquire about Greg Poppleton and Bakelite Jazz for your event, wedding, corporate function and party, please visit the band’s official website at www.bakelitejazz.com. We look forward to playing for you

South Head, 7pm, Melbourne Cup Day 2011
Heading home on the ferry after singing on Melbourne Cup Day at the Manly Pavilion