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Thread #103136 Message #2097461
Posted By: Rowan
09-Jul-07 - 02:38 AM
Thread Name: BS: Good graffito
Subject: RE: BS: Good graffito
While we're on Sydney graffiti, for years (and ending a few years ago now) you could be walking almost anywhere in and near the CBD and, in the most unexpected places, be confronted by a chalked "Eternity" in perfect copperplate script. The Sydneysiders among us will know the details and background of the author better than I as I was, at the time, from Melbourne.
The Bailleau Library at Melbourne Uni was built in 1958. Until 1967 the only graffiti I saw (restricting my dunny perambulations to the Gents) were;
1 on the inside of the lift (elevator to Americans) under the sign
"Self Closing Doors
Do Not Touch" was written
"Oh yes they do"
and, 2 scratched into the aluminium frame of the window of the Gents, was
"Ha! Mens sana in corpore sano."
Years ago I was driving the Sturt Highway to Adelaide from Wagga. At the intersection just south of Hay was a pair of roadhouses where I got petrol and went to the Gents for a number two. The toilets had just been repainted and the inside of the cubicle was sparkling clean and devoid of any marks except for, high up on the inside of the door,
Below this, in different writing, was
"How's the Harley?"