Photo of the Day

photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum

Author Archives: Kathy Hackett

The Public Benefit Bootery

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Here is another photograph of a single shoe that leads to an interesting story. Melanie Pitkin writes: Australian shoe retailer, The Public Benefit Bootery, was… More


Boxing clowns – round 2

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This is another image from the Jandaschewsky collection showing two clowns performing their boxing bells act.  During this act, two clowns would box, each blow producing… More


Yachts racing on Sydney Harbour

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This photograph showing yachts racing on Sydney harbour was taken by David Mist for his 1969 publication, Sydney: a book of photographs. In the book the photograph… More


Christmas greetings

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This photograph from the studio of Kerry & Co. is one of the many greeting cards created by the Kerry studio in the early 20th… More


Card playing clowns

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This photograph from the Jandaschewsky collection shows two of the Do-Re-Mi clowns, seen previously on POTD, playing cards. Their card game act incorporated a trick… More


1956 portrait of a woman

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This year marks the centenary of Australian designer Gordon Andrew’s birth (1914-2001). To mark this occasion I post this colourful 1950s portrait of a woman… More


Parramatta River and Spectacle Island

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Dental act

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Circus terminology can be a little disconcerting. This photograph is, in fact, described as depicting a ‘Dental act starring Eve and Toots’. The photograph is… More


Juggler

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A juggler with Wirth’s Circus Archive collection, c. 1950. Step into the ring of one of the most delightfully daring, spectacularly spectacular feats of showmanship,… More


Clicking knives and clicking press

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This intriguing arrangement of abstract shapes laid out by one of our photographers shows some clicking knives, tools of the shoemaker’s trade. The knives are used with a… More