Home comforts; Routines of cleanliness; Daily dressing; Blackboards & jungle gyms; Working worlds; Getting around; Going shopping; Fun & games; Going out; Rituals & traditions
Dr Bronwyn Labrum is the Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is the author of a number of books and other content including articles and chapters in both national and international publications. She writes on the history of women; asylums and mental health; the history of welfare services; and material culture and museums. She has contributed to significant edited collections and reference works in these areas.
Impressive, interesting and beautifully written, Real Modern represents a valuable contribution to New Zealand history. For those who lived through the 1950s and 60s this book brings back powerful and intimate memories of daily life; for those who did not, it reveals a fascinating and surprising world.' Jock Phillips 'Joyful is the perfect word to sum up this book. Somehow weve been led to believe that New Zealand at this time was cautious, stodgy and dull, but Real Modern shows it was anything but. The New Zealand in this book is witty, inventive, adventurous and eager for new experiences. And the clothes were just gorgeous. Real Modern does more than diligently record the familiar objects of the 1950s and 1960s; it captures the feeling of what it was like to live then Catherine Robertson Like an archaeological dig, objects give us meaning to an era in history. From the fabrics to the furniture, the Three Flowers talcum powder to the Vance Vivian shops, Bronwyn's book Real Modern does just that for the 50s and 60s in New Zealand. Real Modern takes us beyond the usual kiwiana and retro labels. A fascinating read. Wallace Chapman Delicious, disturbing, surprising. Real Modern takes us to the world of things we once loved and dreams we could believe. On every page a discovery and rediscovery of a uniquely New Zealand era, when luxury came by way of the consolette tv, bikini chair, island bench and Loxene shampoo. A book where history unfolds in the glorious panorama of everyday life. Professor Charlotte Macdonald