Publication: Real Modern
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The decades of the 1950s and 1960s continue to exert a powerful fascination, as seen in the lasting popularity of Mad Men, Crown Lynn collectibles and mid-century design. In New Zealand, these years have been remembered in popular culture as a ‘golden age’ of God, Queen and Country, full employment, the baby boom, Sir Edmund Hillary and ‘Ladies, a plate!’ – as well as the birth of the teenager and the seedbed of later change. But what was life really like?
Real Modern, a new publication from Te Papa Press, tells a vibrant and varied story of real life in the 1950s and 1960s through images and, above all, objects. It is a rich compendium of the things that New Zealanders acquired and desired, that they used at school, work or play, and that they wore and saw around the country. Accompanied by lively and expert text by author Bronwyn Labrum, and illustrated with more than 500 images, Real Modern evokes everyday life in postwar New Zealand and offers a fresh and nuanced view of these familiar yet surprising times.