Inspired by a couple of images in Te Papa's Berry & Co photography collection of a man and young woman dressed in advertising costumes, I am currently delving into the development of Poster Balls in New Zealand, and collecting images from around the country.
Woman, on roller skates, advertising Osram light bulbs. Shows her wearing a hat decorated with pictures of street lamps and holding a poster that reads: "Osram. Last longest - beat gas". Other posters are attached to her dress. Photograph taken circa
Woman advertising Wanganui's Telsa photographic studios, circa She wears a hat with a sign reading `Tesla Studios', a dress covered with photographic prints, and roller skates. She holds a camera on a tripod. Photograph taken by Telsa Studios.
These women, who are advertising Allan & Co's Music Warehouse won the prize design at the Great Poster ball held in Melbourne in September 1900. The novel nature of the fund-raising ball was reported throughout New Zealand, and by 1901 Poster Balls were being held throughout the country.
Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 83 publications from all regions of New Zealand.