Object StatementArchive, commercial art, Ian Porter, Sydney, Australia, 1930-1960
Physical DescriptionThe collection consists of a small amount of contextual biographical material including a business card in a modernist design for 'Ian Porter (TIP) Commercial Artist, 195 Elizabeth St, Sydney, Phone MA3652' and Christmas cards (2) for 1931 'Keep Your Pecker Up' and 1935 'The Seasons Greetings from Ian Porter'.
Material relating to Hardie Rubber Company Ltd, trading both as a North British and Australian company including
Original [gouche] artwork (1) for 'Hardie Garden Hose signed 'Porter' in lower left corner above frieze, n.d.;
Letterhead (1), 'Hardie Rubber Company Limited/ Tyre Department, Ashwood Chambers', n.d.;
Annual Reports and Balance Sheets (3) for June 1951, 1953, 1954;
Catalogues (3) including one for rubber footwear range for 1933-34, printed both sides and folds out to poster format;
Price lists (2) for footwear and rubber footwear;
Pamphlets (4) for tennis shoes, raincoats and tyres and tubes, n.d.;
Leaflet (1) for Rabbit Poison 'Rabbo-Phos' stocked by James Hardie Trading Coy Ltd, n.d.;
Posters (5), small, for tennis, bowls and leather casual shoes, garden hoses, kiddies shoes;
Posters (14), large, two for 'Hardie Garden Hose', one with two kookaburras catching a hose (rather than a worm) which adopts imagery first used by May Gibbs in the 1920s, the second depicts a glamorous woman using a Hardie hose in a garden setting, annotated with 'Brings beauty to the Garden', c. 1939; remaining 12 are for 'Hardie North British Rubber Footwear' and are catalogue-type displays for seamless backed sportshoes, date range 1934-39,
Another small collection of leaflets (9) relate to Rega Products Ltd - possibly based in Marrickville, NSW between the years 1943-8, when Porter was doing this work. 'Oil Can Catalogue', 'Oil fillers and syringes', 'Bucket Spray Pumps', Agricultural Catalogue', 'Engineers' oil cans', 'Valve connectors', 'Motor trade catalogue', Pneumatic sprayer' and 'Valves and cocks', none are dated.
A miscellaneous (gouache) artwork for the magazine 'The World. Your Story Must be Told. Use the World', n.d., may relate to the first Rega leaflet listed above as the image but not the lettering is reproduced.