New Zealand Poster Balls and Poster Costumes

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.
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Ref: 1/2-049688-G  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 1915-1922, by Steffano Webb of Christchurch.

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

Ref: 1/1-021275-G  Woman advertising Wanganui's Telsa photographic studios, circa 1910. 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, which operated 1908 to 1955. This photo might be of Miss M Burden who tied for Best Poster Costume at a fancy dress and poster carnival held at the Olympia Rink, Hastings, March 1912.

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.

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.

Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero  Reference: 31-68724  Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero Reference: Photograph by Herman John Schmidt

Miss Rowley - Nightcaps Coal. First Prize. Otago Witness , 29 June 1904, Page 46

Miss Rowley - Nightcaps Coal. First Prize. Otago Witness , 29 June Page 46

Miss Ball (R Murie), 4th place Poster Competition. Otago Witness, 29 June 1904, Page 47

Miss Ball (R Murie), place Poster Competition. Otago Witness, 29 June Page 47

Dunlop Tyre Man figure in rubber costume, on roller skates, 1911. Ref: 1/1-009249-G  Photograph taken by the Steffano Webb Photographic Studio, Christchurch

Dunlop Tyre Man figure in rubber costume, on roller skates, Ref: Photograph taken by the Steffano Webb Photographic Studio, Christchurch

A child, Ian Crane, dressed as a tube of Colgate toothpaste, photographed ca 1953-1955 by J A Jacques.

A child, Ian Crane, dressed as a tube of Colgate toothpaste, photographed ca by J A Jacques. Quantity: 1 colour original transparency/ie.

The first prize for originality in the poster competition—William Bee, general merchant; (2; H. ... [truncated]  Otago Witness , Issue 2660, 8 March 1905, Page 44

The first prize for originality in the poster competition—William Bee, general merchant; [truncated] Otago Witness , Issue 8 March Page 44

MISS M. MACKINTOSH AS " PETONE WOOLLEN MILLS" In Poster March at the Bazaar held in Wellington in aid of Home for Consumptives.   Free Lance, Volume 12 August 1905, Page 14

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MISS METCALF (Of Pollard's Opera Company). As Nelson Moate, and Co.'s Poster— First Prize. —Berry & Co Otago Witness , 18 March 1903, Page 40

MISS METCALF (Of Pollard's Opera Company). As Nelson Moate, and Co.'s Poster— First Prize. —Berry & Co Otago Witness , 18 March 1903, Page 40

Miss Jane Heath and Miss A Ericsson at the Napier Poster Ball. Free Lance, 13 September 1902, Page 7

Miss Jane Heath and Miss A Ericsson at the Napier Poster Ball. Free Lance, 13 September Page 7

Poster ball costume advertising Tiger Tea at Palmerston North Poster ball. Otago Witness, 24 September 1902, Page 37

Poster ball costume advertising Tiger Tea at Palmerston North Poster ball. Otago Witness, 24 September Page 37

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19230329-39-3

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19230329-39-3

STRIKING COSTUMES AT THE HAMILTON BOWLING CLUB'S POSTER BALL, 14 September 1907

STRIKING COSTUMES AT THE HAMILTON BOWLING CLUB'S POSTER BALL, 14 September 1907

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