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A unique photographic portfolio of Auckland as the way it was in the 1950's - the TRAMS, the people, the suburbs, the streeets, the shops and the advertising of the period. When the last trams were bade farewell in Decenber 1956, suburbia was still confined to mainly tram routes. At each terminus a cluster of small shops - a dairy, a butcher, a grocery, a hairdresser tobacconist, a chemist and a magazine shop - beyond the terminus a scattering of houses and paddocks.

Queen St and Karangahape Road, the heart of Auckland in those years - for major household purchases, or for a day out in town, the highlight often being afternoon tea and a cake at one of the large departmental store tearooms, which required a journey in an elevator driven by a uniformed elderly gent , to the amazing height of the sixth floor.

The North Shore was still ferryboat journey away, while the construction of the Harbour Bridge, slowly reached out across the harbour like a giant meccano set. Please click here to ask a question
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