Jun
15
2010
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What were Australians debating in the late 1930s?

speed-limit-30Just as the world was lifting itself out of the Great Depression, major tensions were developing in Europe and Japan that would lead to the outbreak of another world war by the end of the 1930s. Not surprisingly, topics relating to world affairs featured heavily in the debates held by the Mosman Debating Society from [more...]

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Jun
13
2010
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What were Australians debating in the early 1930s?

great-depression-1934The topics debated by the Mosman Debating Society from 1930 to 1934 offer an insight into those troubled years that were dominated by the Great Depression. Not surprisingly, many of the topics related to the economy, and some questioned the foundations of the economic system: That the system of modern advertising is detrimental to society [more...]

May
06
2010
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Do you remember Burma Shave?

burma-shave-advertisementIf you are not yet fifty, you probably don’t remember Burma Shave, which was a brand of brushless shaving cream. The manufacturer’s original product was liniment said to have an ingredient from Malaysia and Burma. Burma Shave was most widely known for its roadside advertising, a series of small signs each with a line of [more...]

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