Toys of a bygone era

A satirical illustrated exhibition of toys that never quite made it off the ground. A time when anything and almost everything was possible.

Wed Oct 5th 2016 to Sat Oct 15th 2016 at 11:00 until 16:00
Melbourne, Level 5 Mitchell House, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Event Details

This satirical illustrated exhibition is all about a time before the ‘Ideas Boom’. A time when our current Prime Minister Malcolm Abbott was still in the sandpit. A time of Derring Do. A time before the complexities of ‘thought bubble’ and ‘gravity waves’. A time when anything and almost everything was possible. Those halcyon days, the pre-war and immediate post war era saw a proliferation of fantastic toys that signaled a whole new era of imagination and derring do.

We are now familiar with them all as household names, the world famous; Cluedo, Monopoly, Scrabble and Lego. Then, there are the local games that we played before the era of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat; Test Match, Squatter and Footy.

But there were other games, board games, that never came to light. Only the graphic art for those games has survived. Join with me in celebration of the games that never made it, and celebrate with the renowned Quentin Cockburn as he brings new light to what could’ve been. And an era when imagination was its own reward, and almost ANYTHING was possible!!!

Each illustrated graphic is a story of un-sung local courage, perseverance, and in the great tradition of Australian manufacturing, ultimate failure.

When ‘brummy’ was a signature of no good. When ‘made in japan’ a hallmark of pure shit and the proud logo, ‘Made in Australia’ great ideas became synonymous with great inspiration, great potential and shoddy manufacture.

This satirical exhibition demonstrates once and for all that wherever you have an ‘ideas boom’, you ‘ll have an ideas bust. So be inspired and enter now into the realm of the almost was, Toys and Games that almost made Australia.  All the works are from the 'Cockburn Collection', an undiscovered cache unearthed by renowned anthropologist and commentator David McCubbin esq.

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