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Australians have always been eager consumers of ‘popular’ culture and libraries are important storehouses of what goes ‘pop’ with people and their communities. Covering all that is widely available, shared, viewed, heard and read, popular culture is ingrained in daily life. Propelled by technology and consumerism, it reveals a great deal about our history and pastimes.

The State Library of NSW‘s display will take a whistle-stop tour through some of the most important cultural changes of the 20th century. Selected from the Library’s photographic collections, it will provide a window into the world of post war popular culture for younger generations and a trip down memory lane for those who lived through it.

When: Saturday 2 September 2017- Sunday 26 November 2017, library opening hours.
Where: Level 1, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Free
Contact: or 02 9273 1414
Hosted by The State Library of New South Wales

Image: Young couple with Astor portable Valve radio, December 1950, ACP Magazines Ltd photographic archive. ON 388/ Box 056/ Item 292.