I have just bought this card on Ebay. Thank you to Mark Herdmann for directing me to this great find.On the back of the card is some writing which says "Martin's farm and family near Port Augusta 1912".
The 1912 date is somewhat optomistic to say the least. This 22.5hp Ford #7753 was registered in the first week of December 1916 to Mr. I.L. Kuhlmann of Salisbury, just north of Adelaide. No idea if he is one of the gentlemen in the photo.
What a great photo and it is now safely tucked away in my Duncan & Fraser files.
Real photo post cards, also known as RPPCs, are interesting and sometimes amazing. Some have very low resolution and can be very difficult to make out much detail at all. Others? WOW!. Blow up a small part of it to an 8X10 inch and look at the detail! Somewhere, I have one showing a Maxwell in about 1907 driving through the redwoods in Northern California. The picture was mostly trees. The car, on the post card, about the size of a dime (10 cent coin). I scanned it (the car and a little of the trees around it) and blew it up into a 5X7 photo to give to a friend that has a Maxwell similar to the one in the picture. It had enough detail that he could tell me which model the car in the photo was and that the horn was mounted in an other than usual position.
Great photo above! And such detail.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Anyone wonder what the heck is hanging up there in that tree in the background besides me?
I picked up on the second building on the right that appears to have wood wrapping the outside of the building. Was that common back then to keep the coverage of the wall attached?
I also spotted the "thing" in the tree, no idea....ghost?
Jamie, the shed in the back with the wood battens on the outside was possible covered in bark, painted hessian or something similar, the battens hold it all in place. Outback places were often built with what ever came to hand.
Could even be a cool room, no fridges back then, if you had one in the 1950's you would be lucky!
Kevin, Paul, It is Inspector Clouseau
Wes, all is explained! :-)
It's probably a "Yowie" in the tree.
The building in the background could have what we Aussie's call " Wattle and Daub " walls.
Another great picture for your collection David.
John, in our area, wattle and daub construction consisted of vertical wattle sticks driven into the ground and the clay daubed over this framework from both sides, so that the sticks were covered. I cannot for the life of me see what/how those buildings were constructed. It is almost as if the external framework of horizontal sticks was used to contain some other material applied from the inside. Whatever was used seems heavily textured, vegetative rather than earthen?
Puzzling! but certainly an indication of settler ingenuity. From David's card one can see the development of housing methods, the newer built in front of the old.
Allan from down under.