Blank Greeting Cards

Blank Greeting Cards featuring heritage structures, boats, cars, trains, landscapes. Cards to give to your special male friend or the men in your life.

Shops and the public (Australia Only) may order copies directly from me - minimum quantity (in total) is 20 cards at $2.50 each plus $10 postage to Australian address only or 40 or more at $2.00 each plus $10 postage for Australian Addresses only.

On sale at the Braidwood Artisan Gallery in Braidwood NSW

To date, twenty different Blank Greeting Cards have been produced.

The images below are on the front cover and the image descriptions are printed on the back.

Each card comes with a plain envelope and packaged in a clear cello bag.

Bulk quantities (minimum of 20 total at $2.50 each - your choice) may be purchased directly. For orders of 40 or more the unit cost is $2.00 plus $10 P&H.

Download a catalog HERE (Low resolution PDF 700kB) or HERE for a higher resolution version (3.8Mb)

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The branch railway line from Cootamundra to Tumut closed in 1984 almost 100 years after being constructed. The station then fell into disrepair. During the 1990s, an old cast iron water tank was found and the timber supporting structure was built in the original style.
C4G-001 Water Tank Structure Details, Gundagai
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The railway line was extended from Gundagai in 1903 and required the construction of a long bridge across the extensive flood plains of the Murrumbidgee River. The timber truss viaduct bridge is the longest timber bridge structure in Australia and remained the longest bridge until the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. A 61m long steel truss bridge spans the main river. The line closed in 1984
C4G-002 Details of timber railway bridge at Gundagai
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An interesting farm or shearing shed outside Omeo, Victoria
C4G-004 Farm Shed near Omeo, Victoria
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Alex Guy built the hut in the late 1930s for mustering on the Snowy Plains. He acquired the use of these plains and the Wonnangatta Station in 1934. The original hut was extended in height to seven logs. The roof and chimney are clad now with corrugated iron. The internal fire place is of a very generous size.
C4G-006 Guys Hut, Victorian High Country
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Located in the old Gundagai Railway Station, now preserved as a museum by local enthusiasts, these are a variety of oil and kerosene lamps used by station and train staff. Now home to a few spiders.
C4G-012 Collection of old railway lamps, Gundagai
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Rodeos are a way of life throughout rural Australia with many participants moving from one rodeo town to another. Some custom made saddles stand out in the crowd. Braidwood NSW
C4G-013 Custom made saddle
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Classic vintage cars are a passion for many as this exquisite dashboard from a 1920s Rolls Royce shows
C4G-014 Rolls Royce Dashboard
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A collection of traditional wooden clinker built rowing boats outside the Wooden Boat Centre on the Huon River at Franklin, Tasmania.
C4G-015 Clinker built rowing boats
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Two fishermen returning after an early morning fish produced this perfect wake in the shadows of the mountains surrounding a reservoir. Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) first described the wave patterns in a wake. Wavelets spread out at approx 19 degrees and the waves at 53 degrees to the direction taken by the boat. Colour picture Nikon D80, f5.6, 1/100s, 300mm zoom equiv, ISO 400.
C4G-016 The Perfect Wake
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Marree sprung up in the 1880s and was a major station on the overland telegraph line as well as the original Ghan Railway line. This is one of the preserved relics in the centre of town. Marree is at the southern end of the famous Birdsville Track. Also on display is the old Kruze Mail Truck.
C4G-017 Transport relic, Marree SA
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Located in a timber logging camp at Lowden Park west of Braidwood, NSW this stationary steam engine provided power to a saw mill. Today a number of relics including a water wheel makes for a delightful picnic and small camping area.
C4G-018 Steam Engine, Lowden Park
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Tasmania has some remote and beautiful lakes. A perfect setting to get totally away from the worries of the world. Southern end of Lake Burbury, east of Queenstown.
C4G-019 A solitary angler
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This 5 tonne lifting capacity jib crane comprises sufficient gears to enable man power to be able to lift wool bales, timber and other freight to and from goods trains. The goods station is about 2-300 metres from the passenger station at Gundagai. A significant goods shed has been maintained on the siding tracks.
C4G-020 Railway Jib Crane, Gundagai
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Delightful, shy beautiful animals with captivating eyes. Alpacas originated from Peru and the modern Australian industry started in the late 1980s. Today there would be about 100,000 animals being bred and used for their very fine fleece. There is an extensive range of associations, shows and outlets selling alpaca goods. Nikon D300, f13, 1/640s, 142mm zoom equiv, ISO 400.
C4G-021 Watchful Alpaca Trio
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Cope Hut was built as a refuge ski hut in about 1929 by the Ski Club of Victoria. The hut has a rough adzed timber frame and now polished hardwood fl oor with a corrugated iron roof. Materials came via Dibbins Hut by dray then by sled to the High Plains. The hut was classified by the National Trust in 1988. There is an efficient slow combustion stove and solid bunks for up to 16 persons. A separate fire wood room makes this one of the most warmest huts during winter. Some magnificent stands of snowgums have escaped recent bushfires. Nikon D80, f13, 1/200sec, 16mm focal length equiv., ISO 800
C4G-022 Cope Hut, Bogong High Plains
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This approaching storm was to bring more than 40mm of rain to a normally dry part of the continent. Central Australia has experienced several consecutive years of well above average rainfall leading to Lake Eyre being filled for the first time in recent history. In this picture we see wildflowers are in bloom after previous rain. They extended for hundreds of kilometres through the desert. After this storm, many tracks and roads were impassable for days and weeks. Note the small spider at the bottom of the image. Nikon D80, f6.3, 1/160sec, 16mm focal length equiv., ISO 160
C4G-023 Approaching Storm Australian Outback Desert
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“OK to turn now!” “The best backseat driver I’ve ever had!” Colour picture Olympus C760UZ, f4.5, 1/500s, 51mm focal length, ISO 64. 2006
C4G-024 Best Mates
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Steam locomotives 5595 (2-8-0) constructed by Clyde Eng. in 1912 is a hybrid design of American and British engines. It was in use until the 1960s and is the sole remaining D-55 class. The 5910 (2-8-2) was built in 1952 by Baldwin. It is a heavier and longer engine which caused some trouble fitting on turntables. Trainworks Thirlmere. Nikon D300 f3.8, 1/40 sec, ISO 1000, 39mm focal length equiv. 2012
C4G-028 NSWGR - Steam Locomotives 5595 and 5910
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This Garratt steam engine 6040 (4-8-4 + 4-8-4) was the last steam loco to enter service in 1957 before diesel engines took over. The massive tractive effort of these engines was important for goods trains in NSW. Withdrawn in 1967. Built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester, UK. Train Works Thirlmere. Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO 1000, 51mm focal length equiv. 2012
C4G-026 The Powerful Articulated Garratt Engine 6040
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Built in 1901 for Australia’s first Governor General, Lord Hopetoun using exceptional materials and workmanship, it features hand carved cedar panels, silk drapes, gold-plated fittings, etched glass panels and elaborate Victorian fittings. Used by Queen Elizabeth II in her 1954 visit to Australia. Train Works Thirlmere. Nikon D300, f3.5, 1/30sec,ISO 500, 27mm focal length equiv. 2012
C4G-027 Governor General Carriage
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Cards 4 Guys – Greeting Cards Batch 1

The first batch of Australian blank greeting cards produced are black and white photographs.

Two photos are taken in the NSW country town of Gundagai and two are in NE Victoria. For the Gundagai images, I had been influenced by my background as a structural engineer. There are two significant heritage listed timber bridges in Gundagai – an old road bridge and a rail bridge.

Nowadays there is no railway line and the highway by passes the town. There was a very major flooding of the area in the 1852 which resulted in 89 deaths or about a third of the population of the town. The town was rebuilt on higher ground. The building of the road and rail bridges were forced to be raised above the flood plains of the Murrumbidgee River. The flood plains are wide and this resulted in the bridges being of such a length.

Both bridges used steel trusses to span the main channel of the river but the many approach spans across the flood plains used Australian hardwood in tall trestle piers. The road bridge approach spans were shorter so timber beams were used whereas timber trusses were employed for the rail bridge with the tracks on the top deck.

Other timber structures exist such as the supporting tower for the water tanks used to fill the steam engines at the station.

Large timber logs were also used to build several of the cattlemen’s huts in the high country in Victoria and New South Wales. These huts were mainly used in the warmer months when cattle were permitted to graze on the grass plains in the high country.

Many people are also attracted to old farm buildings and shearing sheds which, as they age, seem to develop a character of their own.

You may purchase from several outlets, or order directly for a discounted rate (minimum quantity of 40 in total, free postage to Australia only).

A suitable choice to give to your male friends, husband, your special man, bloke, guy or son.

For details of the other groups of cards, click on the links below:

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600,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
The branch railway line from Cootamundra to Tumut closed in 1984 almost 100 years after being constructed. The station then fell into disrepair. During the 1990s, an old cast iron water tank was found and the timber supporting structure was built in the original style.
C4G-001 Water Tank Structure Details, Gundagai
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The railway line was extended from Gundagai in 1903 and required the construction of a long bridge across the extensive flood plains of the Murrumbidgee River. The timber truss viaduct bridge is the longest timber bridge structure in Australia and remained the longest bridge until the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. A 61m long steel truss bridge spans the main river. The line closed in 1984.
C4G-002 Details of timber railway bridge at Gundagai
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An interesting farm or shearing shed outside Omeo, Victoria
C4G-004 Farm Shed near Omeo, Victoria
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Alex Guy built the hut in the late 1930s for mustering on the Snowy Plains. He acquired the use of these plains and the Wonnangatta Station in 1934. The original hut was extended in height to seven logs. The roof and chimney are clad now with corrugated iron. The internal fireplace is of a very generous size.
C4G-006 Guys Hut, Victorian High Country
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The second batch of greeting cards were all in colour and are a real mix. Taken to get away from cards that had "bottles of wine or golf clubs" as several people have described what was available for men.

The first card shows some old kerosene lamps used in the days of the steam trains and were found at the heritage train station at Gundagai.

The second showing a nice saddle was taken at the Braidwood Rodeo. Many rural folk are keen on horses and horses are critical for graziers to carry out their work.

Another passions for men is cars - vintage, modern and performance cars - and many car clubs exist with a keen following. This card shows the dash of a 1924 Rolls Royce.

Part of my childhood days were spent with small timber boats - here is a collection moored outside the Wooden Boat School south of Hobart.

A suitable choice to give to your male friends, husband, your special man, bloke, guy or son.

For details of the other groups of cards, click on the links below:

28,15,0,50,1
600,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
Located in the old Gundagai Railway Station, now preserved as a museum by local enthusiasts, these are a variety of oil and kerosene lamps used by station and train staff. Now home to a few spiders.
C4G-012 Collection of old railway lamps, Gundagai
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Rodeos are a way of life throughout rural Australia with many participants moving from one rodeo town to another. Some custom made saddles stand out in the crowd. Braidwood NSW
C4G-013 Custom made saddle
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Classic vintage cars are a passion for many as this exquisite dashboard from a 1920s Rolls Royce shows.
C4G-014 Rolls Royce Dashboard
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A collection of traditional wooden clinker built rowing boats outside the Wooden Boat Centre on the Huon River at Franklin, Tasmania.
C4G-015 Clinker built rowing boats
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The next batch of four coloured blank greeting cards includes images from New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

Two heritage items of transport or machinery and two cards for the fishermen.

A suitable choice to give to your male friends, husband, your special man, bloke, guy or son.

For details of the other groups of cards, click on the links below:

28,15,0,50,1
600,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
Two fishermen returning after an early morning fish produced this perfect wake in the shadows of the mountains surrounding a reservoir. Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) first described the wave patterns in a wake. Wavelets spread out at approx 19 degrees and the waves at 53 degrees to the direction taken by the boat. Colour picture Nikon D80, f5.6, 1/100s, 300mm zoom equiv, ISO 400
C4G-016 The Perfect Wake
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Marree sprung up in the 1880s and was a major station on the overland telegraph line as well as the original Ghan Railway line. This is one of the preserved relics in the centre of town. Marree is at the southern end of the famous Birdsville Track. Also is the old Kruze Mail Truck.
C4G-017 Transport relic, Marree SA
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Located in a timber logging camp at Lowden Park west of Braidwood, NSW this stationary steam engine provided power to a saw mill. Today a number of relics including a water wheel makes for a delightful picnic and small camping area.
C4G-018 Steam Engine, Lowden Park
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Tasmania has some remote and beautiful lakes. A perfect setting to get totally away from the worries of the world. Southern end of Lake Burbury, east of Queenstown.
C4G-019 A solitary angler
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The next batch of four cards printed feature a range of subjects:

  • Heritage Railway Jib Crane at Gundagai
  • A Trio of Watchful Alpacas
  • Cope Hut in the Bogong High Plains
  • An approaching storm in the Simpson Desert

A suitable choice to give to your male friends, husband, your special man, bloke, guy or son.

For details of the other groups of cards, click on the links below:

28,15,0,50,1
600,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
This 5 tonne lifting capacity jib crane comprises sufficient gears to enable man power to be able to lift wool bales, timber and other freight to and from goods trains. The goods station is about 2-300 metres from the passenger station at Gundagai. A significant goods shed has been maintained on the siding tracks.
C4G-020 Railway Jib Crane, Gundagai
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Delightful, shy beautiful animals with captivating eyes. Alpacas originated from Peru and the modern Australian industry started in the late 1980s. Today there would be about 100,000 animals being bred and used for their very fine fleece. There is an extensive range of associations, shows and outlets selling alpaca goods. Nikon D300, f13, 1/640s, 142mm zoom equiv, ISO 400.
C4G-021 Watchful Alpaca Trio
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Cope Hut was built as a refuge ski hut in about 1929 by the Ski Club of Victoria. The hut has a rough adzed timber frame and now polished hardwood floor with a corrugated iron roof. Materials came via Dibbins Hut by dray then by sled to the High Plains. The hut was classified by the National Trust in 1988. There is an efficient slow combustion stove and solid bunks for up to 16 persons. A separate firewood room makes this one of the most warmest huts during winter. Some magnificent stands of snowgums have escaped recent bushfires. Nikon D80, f13, 1/200sec, 16mm focal length equiv., ISO 800
C4G-022 Cope Hut, Bogong High Plains
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This approaching storm was to bring more than 40mm of rain to a normally dry part of the continent. Central Australia has experienced several consecutive years of well above average rainfall leading to Lake Eyre being filled for the first time in recent history. In this picture we see wildflowers are in bloom after previous rain. They extended for hundreds of kilometres through the desert. After this storm, many tracks and roads were impassable for days and weeks. Note the small spider at the bottom of the image. Nikon D80, f6.3, 1/160sec, 16mm focal length equiv., ISO 160
C4G-023 Approaching Storm Australian Outback Desert
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This batch (5) of four new cards are in a larger size (170 x 120mm compared to 148x102mm for Batches one to four). This larger size follows feedback from a number of stockists.

This batch features:

  • A vintage car driven by a local identity with his best mate as the back seat driver.
  • Two similar large steam locos
  • The powerful and articulated Garratt steam engine
  • The Governor General Carriage

Three of these cards are images taken at Trainworks in Thirlmere, NSW

A suitable choice to give to your male friends, husband, your special man, bloke, guy or son.

For details of earlier groups of cards, click on the links below:

28,15,0,50,1
600,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
“OK to turn now!” “The best back seat driver I’ve ever had!” Colour picture Olympus C760UZ, f4.5, 1/500s, 51mm focal length, ISO 64. 2006
C4G-024 Best Mates
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Steam locomotives 5595 (2-8-0) constructed by Clyde Eng. in 1912 is a hybrid design of American and British engines. It was in use until the 1960s and is the sole remaining D-55 class. The 5910 (2-8-2) was built in 1952 by Baldwin. It is a heavier and longer engine which caused some trouble fitting on turntables. Trainworks Thirlmere. Nikon D300 f3.8, 1/40 sec, ISO 1000, 39mm focal length equiv. 2012
C4G-028 NSWGR - Steam Locomotives 5595 and 5910
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This Garratt steam engine 6040 (4-8-4 + 4-8-4) was the last steam loco to enter service in 1957 before diesel engines took over. The massive tractive effort of these engines was important for goods trains in NSW. Withdrawn in 1967. Built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester, UK. Train Works Thirlmere. Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/40 sec, ISO 1000, 51mm focal length equiv. 2012
C4G-026 The Powerful Articulated Garratt Engine 6040
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Built in 1901 for Australia’s first Governor General, Lord Hopetoun using exceptional materials and workmanship, it features hand carved cedar panels, silk drapes, gold-plated fittings, etched glass panels and elaborate Victorian fittings. Used by Queen Elizabeth II in her 1954 visit to Australia. Train Works Thirlmere. Nikon D300, f3.5, 1/30sec,ISO 500, 27mm focal length equiv. 2012
C4G-027 Governor General Carriage
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