Tour 75 years of the city in one afternoon

 Cover art of Lance Campbell and Mick Bradley's book chronicling the changing streetscapes of Adelaide.

Cover art of Lance Campbell and Mick Bradley's book chronicling the changing streetscapes of Adelaide.

Anyone who knows Talking Adelaide knows TA has a passion for the Art Deco period.

This has manifested itself over the years in purchases and gifts of furniture, homewares (lamps, bookcase, drinks trolley), glassware, assorted Bakelite bits and pieces, even Chez Wayville was built in the period.

So it is with much pleasure to promote an event organized by the Art Deco & Modernism Society of SA this Sunday afternoon (July 28) at La Boheme, in Grote St.

 

The society is publicising City Streets – the wonderful book by writer Lance Campbell and photographer Mick Bradley that celebrates the streetscape of our town in words and pictures by the authors themselves.

In 1936, when South Australia was 100 years old, photographer Gustav Hermann Baring took the streets to capture the state and its capital in images. His huge publication, Progressive Adelaide – As it Stands Today “was both a catalogue of commerce and a labour of love”.

Inspired by that book, Campbell and Bradley set out in Baring’s footsteps to capture the city’s progression.

The even this Sunday will include a performance of Memories of Australia, a song in the book that was recently revived at a City Streets presentation in the Barossa.

Starting at 3pm, tickets are just $20, which will go towards the Deco Society’s fighting fund to “help save 20th century Adelaide”.

If you feel like coming along, email alison.oloughlin@gmail.com or phone 0408850234.

Wakefield Press will have books for sale including City Streets, which Campbell describes as “a brass-bottomed, copper-plated, silver-lined, gold-embossed local bestseller of which everyone involved is very proud”.