I took this photo of Halsbury Chambers (1932) in Napier, New Zealand in 1999. I was lucky to catch the vintage car out the front that gives it a bit of a timeless feel.
I was back in Napier in April this year and this time I was lucky to get a shot with no cars at all in front of the building. It seems to have faired reasonably well over the last fourteen years.
The little swing sign to the left of the entrance is gone but the arm that held it is still there so it wouldn't take much to put it back. It looks like the current occupant prefers to put its name along the bottom of the windows. It could be worse, I suppose, but I prefer they had advertised themselves in a less intrusive way, perhaps via a small swing sign just to the left of the entrance.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.