Burgermaster/nothing – Canterbury, NSW

IMG_3617

A burger…master. Mayor McCheese, I presume?

IMG_3626

As we’ve discussed many times before, milk bars are dinosaurs: fondly remembered, but when they turn up in the wild they’re completely fossilised. Is Canterbury Road, Canterbury’s Burgermaster any different?

IMG_3621

No. A look inside shows the sad, decrepit remains of what was once a kitchen where dreams were made and hunger was satisfied. And it’s actively rotting. Take a look at the same view just five years ago.

But what’s most interesting about this place, particularly from a visual standpoint, are the cigarette ads plastered all over the shopfront. They built these things to last:

IMG_3619

As a product, Borkum Riff first appeared in the 60s, and judging by the depiction of the guy here, so did this ad.

In 1992, the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act came into effect in Australia, by which point cigarette advertising on TV, radio and local print media had already been banned. By 1995, familiar phrases like “Fresh is Alpine”, “You’re laughing!” and the ubiquitous “…anyhow, have a Winfield” had been completely erased from the cultural landscape, and nobody ever smoked again.

IMG_3618

Perhaps aware that the end was nigh, these tobacco companies invested in some heavy duty glue for their final bombardment.

IMG_3624

In the case of Port Royal, a heavy duty moustache was also necessary to seal the deal. Doubtless this heroic mo has inspired thousands to roll their own in the years since.

IMG_3620

…anyhow, the thought of the combined taste of burgers, milkshakes and Winnie greens is absolutely doing it for me, and since we won’t be getting any here, it’s time to head off. There’s gotta be something open along here somewhere…

Advertisements

One response

  1. Yeah there is still a few treasures along this strip soon to be torn down. One good thing the construction sometimes brings is to uncover old painted signs that had been built over years back. A bit down the road from this there is a place that has been torn down that has now revealed an old Benadine sign painted on a building. And up from here on the corner of Old and New Canterbury road (I think you did a thing on it about the fresh oyster bar place) anyway there is an old rusted Coke sign above the shop awning that i have always sworn I would bother trying to save one day.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: