40-year-old photograph brings back memories

Magnum photographer Peter Marlow checking out the angles of Dunedin dentist Ed Bonny for the book A Day In The Life Of New Zealand, a nationwide photographic project on March 18, 1983. Photos: Paul Donovan
Magnum photographer Peter Marlow checking out the angles of Dunedin dentist Ed Bonny for the book A Day In The Life Of New Zealand, a nationwide photographic project on March 18, 1983. Photo: Paul Donovan
The old photographs we run on the opinion page on a Saturday, under the ''Images From The Past - Within Living Memory'' banner, are always worth a look.

They feature events and people from only (only?!) 40 years ago and for that reason are still relevant for many readers.

I had a nice email, with photos attached, from retired amateur photographer Paul Donovan of Dunedin, after he saw Saturday's ''Within Living Memory''.

'''Images From The Past' features ladies sorting grapefruit, but in the middle of the group is dentist Ed Bonny.

''I have these other photographs of Ed. In the first we see internationally renowned Magnum photographer Peter Marlow, from London, looking to see if it might be possible to take a photograph of dentist Ed from the client's point-of-view.

''This was in preparation for the photo shoot that took place across New Zealand on March 18, 1983 for the book A Day In The Life Of New Zealand.

''The second photo is the image taken on that day which featured in the book.

''Sadly, both Ed and Peter died in their prime.

''I was given the task of guiding Peter around Dunedin. He had been brought out to New Zealand especially to participate in the photo shoot.

''I knew Ed, as we were both running in the same harrier club, Mornington Harriers, at the time.''

Of course, our very own ODT illustrations editor Stephen Jaquiery was another of the shooters involved on March 18, 1983.

Stephen recalls sending away rolls of exposed colour film and not having a hand in which images were selected. Digital photography has changed all that.

Mr Bonny from the patient's point-of-view, from the book. Photo: Peter Marlow/Magnum
Mr Bonny from the patient's point-of-view, from the book. Photo: Peter Marlow/Magnum
Spunny foonerism

Thanks to Margaret Allington for sharing this wonderful example.

''Many years ago, a friend of mine had just taken delivery of a brand new car.

''She was very excited, telling me about it, and I asked what make and model it was.

'''A Satsun Dunny', she proudly replied.''

Immediately my mind started turning over some other possible car spoonerisms. But none of them were as good as Margaret's example.

How about a Polkswagen Volo? A Bolden Harina? A Lissan Neaf?

Or we could go with some classic motors - a Centley Bontinental, for example, or a Cini Mooper, a Millman Hinx or a Sumber Huper Hnipe? Or an Eaguar J-Type if you like a bit of speed.

Any good ones out there? Please share your bitty wanter with us.

Anne Stewart's "cup of knowledge'' from Dunedin's New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition in 1925-26. Photo: Anne Stewart
Anne Stewart's "cup of knowledge'' from Dunedin's New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition in 1925-26. Photo: Anne Stewart
The Exhibition

Anne Stewart sent in a photograph of her precious ''cup of knowledge'' from the big Logan Park New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition of 1925-26.

''This cup and saucer originally belonged to my aunts. I remember the booklet that came with it - long since lost - which 'enabled' people to discover their fortunes by reading the tea leaves.

''After drinking the tea, not using a strainer, the cup was up-ended on the saucer and then the leaves left on the cup were 'read'.

''It was a bit of fun and not very accurate!''

St Mary's Anglican Church

And just a thank-you to members of St Mary's fellowship group for inviting me to their annual dinner at the Otago Golf Club on Monday evening.

It appeared everyone managed to listen to my war stories without falling asleep in their cheesecake, fruit salad and whipped cream.

It was a pleasure to meet you all, chat about the job and the ODT, and go on about the difficulties of keeping a column running. My only regret is we didn't get a chance to play a few holes of Balmacewen between courses.

Maybe next time!

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