Beatrice Dean and 16-year-old daughter Judith, shopping in Melbourne
My mother Judy writes about her clothing habits as a teenager growing up in Melbourne in the 1940s:
Perhaps I am turning into my mother — she was 5-foot 4.5-inches, about my present height. Mum made lots of our clothes, but ready-to-wear blossomed after the war (this was 1945).
Right through the 1940s and on we never went ‘casual’ into the city unlike today. Always stocking and shoes and gloves. When I worked I kept a spare pair of shoes and stockings in my desk or locker. Bea also added a hat and carried a ‘cardie’ (this one is white knitted cotton). We could only buy ‘dish wad’ cotton in those days, white unless you died it yourself.
The building across the street looks like the old GPO (now a shopping mall I hear).