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Air-raid Shelter modelled in sand by John Suchomlin, Manly, 1940

Date: 1940
Dimensions:
Overall: 88 x 138 mm
Medium: Photographic print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00036848

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    This black and white photographic postcard depicts a sand sculpture of an air-raid shelter on Manly Beach. The sculpture shows a woman and her three children huddled under the shelter, dog and doll in tow. The postcard reveals it was sent during Christmas 1940, and that the sculpture was produced by J. Suchomlin using only sand, water and colour.
    SignificanceThrough the unusual artistic medium of sand sculpture, John Suchomlin offers a unique insight into various political and cultural aspects of life in Australian during the first half of the 20th century. This postcard illustrates the fears many ordinary Australians felt during World War II, in particular the threat of air-raids.
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    Primary title: Air-raid Shelter modelled in sand by John Suchomlin, Manly, 1940

    Web title: Sand sculpture of air raid shelter

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