I sorted through them on Thursday, throwing dozens out, giving them a dignified burial by poring over them before chucking them in the recycling, and keeping ones that looked interesting or related to places I know (mainly in the northern suburbs, Footscray or the city). History keeping is a chancy and arbitrary business sometimes.
One job was to paint 'Cadbury's' on the front of a milk bar in Regent. That milk bar is now the office of the real estate agents from whom we bought our house:
So yesterday I took the yellowed job sheet, folded it in two, and slipped it under their door, with no explanation. I think I might do this for the rest: stick them in envelopes and leave them there, an anonymous present from the past. There could well be an art project in it, I'm thinking.
And tonight, riding home from the bookshop with the West bio in my hand, I encountered another Regent milk bar, this one still a milk bar, with a once-bold 'Robur Tea' taking up most of its side wall. Would have probably been a Lewis & Skinner job, given they had the contract for years: