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Vintage signs from the city to the outback

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<i>Signs of Australia</i> by Brady MIchaels and Dale Campisi

Signs of Australia by Brady MIchaels and Dale Campisi [©NewSouth Publishing ]


Once upon a time, hand-painted and hand-crafted signs brought colour and vibrancy to Australian cities and towns. Artful, kitsch, and at times hilarious, Brady Michaels and Dale Campisi seek to record these now fading signs – finding a record of Australian social history along the way.

Keen photographer Brady Michaels has recorded an impressive collection of signs – from old-time ads for household goods to garages, Chinese restaurants, motels, milk bars and even relics from our more recent past –  which are accompanied by commentary from Dale Campisi on the significance of these nostalgic images.

The pair have travelled far and wide across Australia collating a comprehensive assortment of signs and stories along the way.

The collection echoes a movement to preserve similar signs seen in places like NYC and Paris, finding beauty in the famous and not-so-famous signs from Broken Hill to Surfers Paradise to Launceston, and everywhere in between.

A fun book that would be great on the shack coffee table, or for a Christmas gift.

About the authors

Brady Michaels and Dale Campisi are authors of several guide books, including Melbourne Precincts (2013, revisted 2014 and 2015), and Melbourne: A city of villages (2015).

They also founded cult history imprint Arcade Publications and the local goods and souvenir store Melbournia.

Brady Michaels is an accomplished photographer and illustrator whose work has been widely exhibited and published.

Dale Campisi has a background in publishing, and a passion for running tours of historical and gastronomical hotspots.

Signs of Australia by Brady Michaels and Dale Campisi is published by New South Publishing (Sydney, NSW; Nov 2017; Pb; 256pp; RRP A$32.99) and can be purchased directly from New South Books here »

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