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Friday, 31 March 2017


If you love dolls then you cannot go past the all Australian Joanne Walker Doll produced by Atlas Plastics from 1949 to the mid 1950’s.  Atlas Plastics were previously Hutchens Brothers who had their business in Nolan Street, South Melbourne.

Hutchens Brothers quite often advertised positions for girls to make doll clothes and towards the later part of 1949 positions for artistic girls to paint doll faces and girls wanted for interesting congenial work were advertised in the name of Atlas Plastics rather than Hutchens Brothers. In the 1950’s Atlas Plastics were looking for women to assemble their dolls.

Joanne was not only sold in specialised toy stores but also department stores and newsagents.

In 1950 Atlas Plastics donated a walking, talking (this would be a Ma Ma doll), sleeping, winking doll called Joanne to an organisation helping to raise funds for the 3DB Sporting Globe Appeal as seen in the Sporting Globe, Melbourne, 23 December 1950.

Was this walking, talking, winking Joanne a one off?

In 1953 a 31 inch Joanne doll was advertised with hair in a choice of blonde or brunette. She weighed 3 1/2 pounds and cost £8 /13 / 6.

In 1953 a 30 inch Joanne walker doll was advertised as having a Ma Ma voice. She cost £8 /19/6.

In 1954 a 30 inch Joanne doll was advertised as wearing a taffeta dress with nylon hair that could be washed. The cost to buy her was £8 / 10/- a pricey doll.

The Joanne dolls started out as hard plastic dolls that were spray painted, the Joanne dolls to follow were thin plastic. It’s very easy to tell them apart. The earlier sprayed dolls have a different colouring, the paint is flat and dullish to look at, although a nice soft brown in comparison to the unpainted thin plastic dolls that have a shine to them, especially noticeable on their face

I don’t have a preference for either type of Joanne doll; they’re all lovely to me.

These dolls came with open and closed mouths.

In 1950 a 30 inch Joanne doll was advertised as a walking, sleeping doll.
Some were advertised without a name. The price for her was 6 guineas. Back in 1950 you could buy a 40 piece dinner set for less.

In 1954 a 30 inch Joanne doll was advertised as having three choices of hair colour; blonde, brunette and red.
In 1954 according to one ad Joanne was the doll ”everyone was talking about.”
In 1955 a 28 inch Joanne doll was described as being ”practically indestructible” she was dressed in a taffeta dress with bonnet and nylon hair that could be shampooed. Cost £6 / 15/.
The same year Myer had the above doll for sale.

In 1956 a 30 inch Joanne was advertised wearing an organdie dress and straw hat. Her nylon hair could be washed. The cost £6 /15/.

It seems that Myer were probably the last stockists actively advertising Joanne in 1956 with the doll being advertised as ”while stocks last’ — by the end of that year she no longer appeared. This doll is the one you find with the organdie dress and straw hat.
Over time many of these dolls split at various parts of the seam, my dolly is in lovely condition though and she displays beautifully.
Myer advertised Joanne in a 27 and 28 inch for sale in the same year wearing an organdie dress and straw hat. The price for her was the same as the 30 inch above.
A very big thank you to Witchesweb  for this great article



Cape Paterson Photo Journal 2019

CLICK LINK TO OPEN PRESENTATION – it will download to the bottom corner of your screen – once loaded click on the presentation to open  and run. Use your mouse or navigation arrows to navigate the content.

One of the courses undertaken at UTAS  this year was the Photo Essay, and I elected to focus on a local beach. Cape Paterson is a ten minute drive from home and these photos were taken over a period of two weeks, using my trusty iPad camera and with very little editing other than cropping.  I have always loved photography, but never considered myself to be anthng but a memory keeper – taking photos for personal memories and often not very good photos.

I have always loved using the shapes and forms of nature and man made structures rather than happy snaps and jumped at the chance to do this unit.

The feedback I received was awesome and I have attached the PowerPoint show to this blog post  to share it with you.

To access the visuals click on the  link above and the PowerPoint show  will appear in the bottom corner  of your screen.  Click n the link to open the presentation.  Enjoy the show. 

This is the feedback I recieved-

Hi Linda,
The images you have selected successfully demonstrate your use of a 

variety of design and composition techniques. The combination of collage and single images, and the shifting camera point of view across the series adds visual interest. The single images provide important pauses within the photo-essay.



Your prior writing experience is evident in your beautifully crafted captions. The text is beautifully written and has a great rhythm. It creates a real backbone to your photo essay as the visual imagery in the text connects to the content within your photographs. I enjoy the viewer participation you engage by inviting the viewer to see your imaginative interpretations of the rock shapes and forms.
Your photo essay effectively combines words and images to tell a story. There is a strong location based visual narrative as we follow your beach walk. The text encourages us to enter another world and see the beauty, mystery and timelessness of the beach landscape. Or perhaps it is more apt to say that the photo essay prompts us to see the world as it really is if we take the time to look. Excellent work!

Best wishes for your future photography and writing endeavours,