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It's vintage Canberra, darling

Photos of unidentified Canberrans circa 1970s, supplied by National Film and Sound Archives. From the Film Australia collection. Click for more photos

Canberra in the 70s

Photos of unidentified Canberrans circa 1970s, supplied by National Film and Sound Archives. 

Sally Pryor is on a mission to resurrect the Canberra promo T-shirts of yore.

Our first thought, over here at The Canberra Times office, was, how can we get our hands on one of these t-shirts? They’re just so busy, and kitschy and enthusiastic – just what we want to see when it comes to celebrating this funny old city of ours!

Trouble is, it’s been 40 years since anything like this was produced. They were released by the Canberra Chamber of Commerce in the 1970s as part of some kind of tourism campaign, and these three hipsters (seriously, how foxy is that girl?) must have been in on the whole thing.

Look how proud they are. Surely it’s time to recreate this joyful moment of retro-appeal tourist garb?

A quick call to the Centenary Team revealed that they have already devised the official Cenetnary souvenir t-shirt, and it involves a white background, some black words (‘Canberra 100’ on the front, ‘1913-2013’ on the back), and…what else? Oh, they’ll be “good quality and well designed”. And “limited edition”. And “highly sought after”.

Hmmm. That’s as it may be.

I smell a campaign coming on – a campaign to resurrect the Canberra promo T-shirts of yore!

We’ve also got our hands on a series of fabulous retro pics of people know one seems to be able to identify. Can you?

If you know who any of these people are, or have a good story attached to any of these images, email online@canberratimes.com.au to go in the running to win a double pass to the Famous Spiegel Garden, which opens at the Senate Rose Garden on March 2.

4 comments

  • I'm pretty sure I had one of those....

    Commenter
    JDM
    Date and time
    February 22, 2013, 5:49PM
    • Mr Sunnies looks a bit like Andrew Barr

      Commenter
      Kim.
      Date and time
      February 22, 2013, 6:22PM
      • I think the best thing about this picture is the bus in the background is the same ones still running......40 years later. And I knew I was right when I thought the bus service was ancient!

        Commenter
        T's me
        Date and time
        February 22, 2013, 7:14PM
        • Now if we could just bring back the Birdman Rally as well...

          Commenter
          Karina
          Location
          Belconnen
          Date and time
          February 23, 2013, 5:24PM
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