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Speaker: The Mirror of Our Selves

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  • JacksonP,

    This looks equally as desirable as the first. I'd particularly like Bernard Roundhill’s Auckland 2000 framed and on my wall. Amazing image.

    Great work again Peter and Gary. Look forward to getting my hands on one.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

    This looks equally as desirable as the first.

    I've seen more of the images. They're amazing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22584 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    Just wanna say how great it is to be back on Public Address thx to the goodwill and support of Russell. The book has been a delight to prepare, and Gary and I are excited to launch it into the world. Looking fwd to insightful comments and learnings from the Public Address community. If you've had a read or looksie, thx for your interest. Peter

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Looks great!

    love our place, can we post pics?

    And voted of course. :)

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Graham Dunster,

    Selling The Dream is a cool book, looking forward to getting this one too. Thanks for getting it made.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2009 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Gabor Toth,

    Wonderful images!
    What ever happened to spark-plug advertising? I remember as a young lad how spark-plug ads were everywhere; newspapers, magazines, bill-boards, sometimes murals covering the whole sides of buildings (the one of the rear of the L. T. Watkins building on the corner of Cuba and Ghuznee Streets in Wellington has only recently disappeared. It must have been at least 50 years old). Most were for Champion but I'm sure other brands were involved too. Cars still use spark-plugs and they are just as important as they have ever been but the main-stream advertising of them seems to have completely gone.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2006 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Because few people do their own car maintenance - I'm sure there still is spark plug advertising somewhere but directed tightly at mechanics

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2589 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    flash-bung?

    What ever happened to spark-plug advertising?

    They've gone all Zen
    now they sell the Gap...

    </got coat, scarf, etc>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7743 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Gabor Toth,

    Cars still use spark-plugs and they are just as important as they have ever been

    Like exhaust systems, spark plugs last far longer now that lead tetraethyl is gone from petrol. I believe that's why "muffler shops" have all but vanished. Also the proportion of diesel vehicles continues to rise.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4586 posts Report Reply

  • wendyf,

    That looks like a marvellous book. Do you remember post-war "The Children's Health Is The Nation's Wealth"? Time for a reminder.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 88 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to JacksonP,

    I'd particularly like Bernard Roundhill’s Auckland 2000 framed and on my wall. Amazing image.

    Retro-futurism is the BEST.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Danielle,

    Retro-futurism is the BEST.

    There was a blog out there called Paleofuture, seemed to move a bit, but last I looked it seemed to be going into retirement. Might be worth googling for, though, as it was pretty cool, if a bit US-centric.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Excellent: This year's Christmas present sorted.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2893 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Interestingly, Roundhill painted a much darker and (post-)modernist follow-up to Auckland 2000 during the late 1980s. I saw it in an issue of the Listener some years back, but since then it's largely dropped off the radar.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5397 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Alsop,

    That's interesting, would love to come across that. Thx for sharing. Te Papa held great Roundhill exhibit, curated by Richard Wolfe, but produced no exhibit catalogue or book ... Crying shame.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2012 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Peter Alsop,

    That's interesting, would love to come across that. Thx for sharing. Te Papa held great Roundhill exhibit, curated by Richard Wolfe, but produced no exhibit catalogue or book ... Crying shame.

    Apologies for the thread necro, but I finally found it...
    https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/561038

    Amazingly, he started it in 1960, but not completed until years later:
    https://longwhitekid.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/unblemished-record-the-flawless-reign-of-bernard-roundhill/

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5397 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    That's a great picture - amazing that it took over 30 years from conception to completion.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 609 posts Report Reply

  • Dennis Frank,

    Great stuff, thanks Peter. "What’s certain is the powerful influence advertising can have in shaping our aspirations as a society." Not just the aspirations! Throw in the economy and democracy as well. Advertising was far and away the most influential usage of propaganda during the 20th century. Beat the usage by communist regimes and nazis into second and third.

    Credit Edward Bernays for this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays

    I remember back in the seventies often wondering how come I was having a professional career crafting propaganda for the capitalists - kinda weird for someone who lived on a commune awhile - rationalised it as inadvertent bad karma. But a decade making television commercials with folks like Bob Harvey & Roger Donaldson got me seeing things from their perspective somewhat. The lure of the imaginal. Extremely potent!

    New Zealand • Since Jun 2016 • 253 posts Report Reply

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