Australian Outdoor Furniture, 1949

Yes, please.

Singapore Sling on a swing.

Singapore Sling on a swing.

I love vintage metal garden furniture. It isn’t the most practical, usually being made from iron, which rusts and requires repainting quite often. But iron allows for some fancy shapes, curves and twists which all add interest to garden furniture. In the 30s and 40s, they also used a lightweight aluminium alloy (added copper) called Duralumin (don’t ask me to say it, it’s just one of those words which I find hard to grasp). I’m not sure how durable Duralumin is, I know aluminium can deteriorate, so maybe it wasn’t used for garden furniture for very long. Who knows.

Anyway, I recently rediscovered an old magazine in a draw - the Australian House and Garden, from December 1949. A humble magazine, printed on news print, featured a lot of advertisements, articles and reviews of household goods. This addition has a whole pile of metal garden furniture in it. As we say farewell to summer, here’s a final look at the joys of outdoor living. Enjoy!

Sit up straight.

Sit up straight.

I’ll take it with the stripes, thanks.

I’ll take it with the stripes, thanks.

The whimsical dining room from a two storey Melbourne house. Sigh.

The whimsical dining room from a two storey Melbourne house. Sigh.

We had the good fortune to buy a curly metal standard lamp recently!

We had the good fortune to buy a curly metal standard lamp recently!

All furniture should have wheels.

All furniture should have wheels.

Writing letters in the garden.

Writing letters in the garden.

Yes, I really covet this.

Yes, I really covet this.